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Beetroot 'Chioggia'     

Beta vulgaris

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Chioggia is part of the Beet genus and is a Beetroot variety. Its scientific name is Beta vulgaris 'Chioggia'. 'Chioggia' is considered a heirloom OP (open polliated) cultivar. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Cerise red and   White. Leaves appear approximately as a   Pakistan green and   Dark candy apple red colour.

From the seed packet:

Also called “The Bull’s Eye Beet” this Italian treasure has a sweeter, more mellow flavor than ordinary beets and a striking, bicolor interior marked with rings of red and cream. The bright-green tops are also mild. These beets retain their flavor and texture well for an extended harvest.

Days to germinate: 15

Sowing depth: 1/2 to 1 inch

Seed spacing: 3 inches

Row spacing: 10-18 inches

Days to harvest: 55


Sow seeds outdoors in a sunny location with well-drained soil. Sow in early spring when temperatures have become moderate, or sow in late summer for a fall harvest. Beets may also be harvested in winter in mild regions.


Thin seedlings to 4 inches apart when they are 3 inches tall. Thereafter, thin as necessary if seedlings become crowded. Use the thinnings for salads or greens.


Pointers: Harvest beets at 1 to 3 inches long for best flavor. When boiling beets, leave 1 inch of greens at the top of the beet and boil the fruits whole.

This variety is an Vegetable that typically grows as an Annual, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of a single year. Chioggia is known for growing to a height of approximately 0.9 cm (0.35 inches).

Italy is believed to be where Chioggia originates from.

Chioggia Beetroot is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Chioggia have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Chioggia

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Chioggia is thought of as half hardy, so protect with a row cover whenever the temperatures drop. Chioggia needs a loamy soil with a ph of 6.5 to 7.0 (weakly acidic soil to neutral soil).

Growing Chioggia from seed

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 0.98 inches (2.5 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.74 inches (1.9 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 4°C / 39°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Chioggia about 14 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Chioggia

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Chioggia is a half hardy plant.

Harvesting Chioggia

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by early summer.

Beetroot Chioggia Etymology

The species name vulgaris is from the Latin vulgus (“the multitude, the masses”) +‎ -āris, and means “common”, “usual”, or “commonly known” 1.

Chioggia folklore & trivia

Pre-1840 Italian heirloom

Other Names for Beetroot 'Chioggia'

Bull’s eye beet, Barbabietola chioggia, Bassano Beet,

Latest Beetroot 'Chioggia' Reviews

  • Good yields, even in a poor growing year. Nice size and shape, delicious and tender greens!

    4 stars

    Gertiebaby about growing Beet, Chioggia
  • These are so pretty and also very tasty. I will be growing them for years to come! I have had more success with fall harvests than spring, but that is true for beets in general for me.

    5 stars

    HazelJ about growing Beet 'Chioggia' - July 2011

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