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Chioggia Guardsmark Beet

Botanical Name: Beta vulgaris

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Description

60 days. When a classic Italian heirloom was put through a rigorous selection and improvement process, this beet was born! The Chioggia beet, sometimes called Bassano after its Italian hometown, has been grown and sold in the U.S. for 180 years! The most famous feature of this variety is the contrasting pink and white striped interior of the root that becomes apparent once it is sliced. Over time, heirlooms sometimes drift or deviate from original defining characteristics, but this strain has been recently improved for consistent coloration to match expectations. The flavor and size are similar to market standard Detroit Dark Red (3” diameter root), though this variety may be slightly sweeter. Excellent vigor, uniformity and productivity make this a popular variety among market farmers, and the nutritious greens make this a doubly valuable crop for home gardeners. Our seeds are from High Mowing Organic Seeds, which offer a strain improved by Alf Christensen Seed Company. HM

Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

Sow beet seeds directly outside anytime 5/15 – 8/1. Sow seeds ½” deep, 1.5” apart in rows 12” apart. Keep seeds consistently moist until germination. Days to germination: 5-7. For early beets, you can start seeds indoors 3/15 (at 80°). Once leaves appear, grow plants at 72°. Transplant outside 5/1 (3” apart in rows 12” apart). Rocks and clods in soil will cause beets to be disfigured. Keep beets moist and well weeded. Beets will have the best flavor and texture when grown in cooler weather.

 Harvest:

Check beets frequently and harvest them as soon as they are mature (as soon as they stop increasing in size). Some roots might not reach full size – harvest them too. Don’t let your beets stay in the ground too long – they will become tough and woody.

 Seed Saving Instructions for gardeners:

Beets are a difficult seed saving crop as they are a biennial. Sow seeds 8/1. Dig beet roots when mature in fall & select the best roots for the seed crop. Store beet roots over the winter at 34°-37° & 95% humidity. Plant beet roots outside as soon as the soil thaws, 30” apart and they will flower and produce seed over the summer. Beets are wind pollinated and cross-pollinated crops (isolation distance from other beets and chard is 1-2 miles). But since beets & chard don’t normally overwinter and flower you won’t usually need to worry about crossing unless 1) neighbors are saving beet/chard seeds or 2) you live near sugar beet fields which are usually GMO (sometimes sugar beet plants will bolt). Minimum population size: 25 plants.

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Description

60 days. When a classic Italian heirloom was put through a rigorous selection and improvement process, this beet was born! The Chioggia beet, sometimes called Bassano after its Italian hometown, has been grown and sold in the U.S. for 180 years! The most famous feature of this variety is the contrasting pink and white striped interior of the root that becomes apparent once it is sliced. Over time, heirlooms sometimes drift or deviate from original defining characteristics, but this strain has been recently improved for consistent coloration to match expectations. The flavor and size are similar to market standard Detroit Dark Red (3” diameter root), though this variety may be slightly sweeter. Excellent vigor, uniformity and productivity make this a popular variety among market farmers, and the nutritious greens make this a doubly valuable crop for home gardeners. Our seeds are from High Mowing Organic Seeds, which offer a strain improved by Alf Christensen Seed Company. HM

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Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

Sow beet seeds directly outside anytime 5/15 – 8/1. Sow seeds ½” deep, 1.5” apart in rows 12” apart. Keep seeds consistently moist until germination. Days to germination: 5-7. For early beets, you can start seeds indoors 3/15 (at 80°). Once leaves appear, grow plants at 72°. Transplant outside 5/1 (3” apart in rows 12” apart). Rocks and clods in soil will cause beets to be disfigured. Keep beets moist and well weeded. Beets will have the best flavor and texture when grown in cooler weather.

 Harvest:

Check beets frequently and harvest them as soon as they are mature (as soon as they stop increasing in size). Some roots might not reach full size – harvest them too. Don’t let your beets stay in the ground too long – they will become tough and woody.

 Seed Saving Instructions for gardeners:

Beets are a difficult seed saving crop as they are a biennial. Sow seeds 8/1. Dig beet roots when mature in fall & select the best roots for the seed crop. Store beet roots over the winter at 34°-37° & 95% humidity. Plant beet roots outside as soon as the soil thaws, 30” apart and they will flower and produce seed over the summer. Beets are wind pollinated and cross-pollinated crops (isolation distance from other beets and chard is 1-2 miles). But since beets & chard don’t normally overwinter and flower you won’t usually need to worry about crossing unless 1) neighbors are saving beet/chard seeds or 2) you live near sugar beet fields which are usually GMO (sometimes sugar beet plants will bolt). Minimum population size: 25 plants.

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