Growing Ruby Red Swiss Chard Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: beta vulgaris subsp. circla
- Other Names:
- Days to Maturity: 55 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: Dark green leaves with ruby stems.
- Flavor: similar to spinach and beet
The Ruby Red 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 7. Leave twenty four to thirty six inches between plants, and eighteen inches between rows to allow enough room for growth. The Ruby Red will do best with full or partial sun, and will need to be watered evenly. When the leaves are more than six inches tall, they 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 quite 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. Amazing colors and pleasant flavor make these greens a great choice to add highlights to any microgreen salad. This is the best and most inexpensive choice as substitute for beets.