Growing Rainbow Swiss Chard Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: beta vulgaris subsp. circla
- Other Names:
- Days to Maturity: 60 days
- Hardiness Zone: 6+
- Planting Depth: ¼"
- Plant Spacing: 18"
- Row Spacing: 18-24"
- Growth Habit: Upright
- Soil Preference: Rich soil with a pH level of 6 to 6.4
- Temp Preference: Warmer
- Light Preference: Full or Partial Sun
- Diseases/pests: Susceptible to Slugs and aphids
- Color: Green tops with varigated stems
- Flavor: Bitter, similar to spinach
The Rainbow Mixture Swiss Chard seeds can be planted two to three weeks before the last average frost of the season, half an inch deep in a soil with an ideal pH level between 6 and 6.4. Leave eighteen inches between the seeds to allow enough room for growth. The Rainbow Mixture will do best with full or partial sun, and will need to be watered evenly. When the plants are between six and eight inches tall, the leaves can be harvested by cutting them an inch and a half above the ground. If harvested carefully, the plants can produce more leaves that can be harvested again.
Chard is part of the beet family and the greens look very similar to beet greens, but with a much more pleasant flavor. Grow only in soil. Very difficult to grow hydroponically, but are fairly easy to grow in soil. Cut close to the soil to feature the colorful stem, and rinse well. Experiment with covering with a thin layer of soil when planting. Keep covered for with blackout dome for close to a week.