Growing Organic Rainbow Mixture Swiss Chard Vegetable Seeds
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Latin Name: Beta vulgaris var. cicla
Hardiness Zone: Annual 2-10 (Biennial 6-10)
Days to Maturity: 60
Days to Germination: 5-14
Seeding Depth: 1/2"
Plant Spacing: 12"
Row Spacing: 18-24"
Plant Height: 12-18"
Growth Habit: Leafy upright
Soil Preference: Loose, moist, Organic, well-drained
Temperature Preference: 55-75 °F
Light Preference: Full sun - partial shade
Pests and Disease: Susceptible to fungal leaf spotting, mildews, and mold from oversaturation. Watch for aphids, flea beetles.
Rainbow Mixture Color: Mixture of red, purple, pink, orange, yellow and white stalks
Rainbow Mixture Flavor: Crisp, savory, very similar to celery or spinach
How to Grow Organic Rainbow Mixture Swiss Chard from Seed
Organic Rainbow Mixture swiss xhard grows best in cool gardens yet is quite tolerant to heat. Chard seeds are best if sown directly 2-3 before final spring frost or 5-6 weeks before first autumn frost. Chard may sown outdoors nearly anytime from spring to fall for quick and successive harvests.
Sow 2-3 swiss chard seeds 1/2" deep and 2-3" apart in loose, Organic, and well-drained soil with a pH of 6-7. Chard seeds are often pre-soaked for 4-6 hours to accelerate germination to 5-14 days. Thin back starts to 12" apart in the garden as true leaves establish. For best flavor and texture, keep Organic Rainbow Mixture plants under 12" tall.
Organic Rainbow Mixture Swiss Chard in the Vegetable Garden
Swiss chard is a leafy, colorful, and quickly maturing relative to the sweet garden beet. Tolerant to both light frost and summer heat, chard is often recommended as an easy, yet rewarding, crop for children or novice gardeners. Organic Rainbow Mixture swiss chard seeds can be sown nearly anytime of season for either a midsummer harvest or even a late fall crop. Available in a variety of assorted colors, try growing Organic chard as a bright and vibrant addition to any ornamental garden or flower patch.
Harvesting Organic Rainbow Mixture Swiss Chard
Organic Rainbow Mixture Swiss Chard is a biennial but can begun to be harvested around 60 days.
Most varieties are ready to harvest about 50-60 days from sowing while the first and youngest leaves can be harvested at about 30 days. For "“cut and come again" harvesting, cut the stalks carefully 1-2" above the ground so as not to harm the center of the plant. Harvest larger outer leaves for continual seasonal growth, or cut stalks 3-4" from the base, allowing plants to grow again. Swiss chard plants may also be harvested entirely whole from the base like celery.
About Organic Rainbow Mixture Swiss Chard Garden Seeds
Beta vulgaris var. cicla. (60 days). AKA: Five Color Silverbeet Chard.
Also called Five Color Silverbeet chard. Rainbow chard was sold by Thompson and Moran Seed co. in the early 1970s, but disappeared in the U. S. by the early 1980s.
It was later discovered growing in Australia and introduced back to the market.
This chard produces amazing colors in shades of red, purple, pink, orange, yellow and white.
Delicious stir fried or as steamed greens. Good spinach substitute. Swiss Chard stalks can be eaten like celery.
Great border for your flower garden.
Organic Rainbow Mixture Swiss Chard Seeds Per Package:
- 3 g - Approximately 115 Seeds
- 1 oz - Approximately 1,100 Seeds
- 4 oz - Approximately 4,400 Seeds
- 1 lb - Approximately 17,600 Seeds
- 5 lb - Approximately 88,000 Seeds
- 25 lb - Approximately 440,000 Seeds
Non-GMO Organic Rainbow Mixture Swiss Chard seeds are available for Fast Free Shipping on orders over $75.