Organic Swiss Chard Ruby Red - Mckenzie Seeds

Organic Swiss Chard Ruby Red - Mckenzie Seeds

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Beta vulgaris

  • Heirloom.
  • Mild and earthy taste.
  • 7 to 10 days to germination.
  • 60 days to maturity.
  • Leaves can be used in place of spinach in salads, stir fried, or sautéed while the stalks can be creamed.
  • Companion Planting: Beans, Cabbage, Onion, Tomato.

Sweet and tender. Attractive, bright red stalks with red-veined dark green, crinkly leaves. Cook the stalks like asparagus and the leaves like spinach. Great in a vegetable garden or ornamental bed. Pick at 30 days for baby leaves and 60 days for mature leaves. Delicious in salads, quiche or steamed with butter.

Product Weight: 3.5 grams / approximately 180-190 seeds

Planting Instructions: Sow directly in the garden in the spring once the last of the hard frosts have passed. Plant in full sun.

The addition of organic matter prior to planting is an excellent way to increase soil quality by improving nutrient levels, increasing moisture retention in the soil as well as soil aeration.

It is best to break up any large clumps of soil prior to planting and rake the soil to obtain the optimal soil structure.

Sow seeds 13 mm (1/2″) deep and 2.5 cm (1″) apart. Rows should be spaced 45 cm (18″) apart. When seedlings are approximately 5 cm (2”) tall, thin the seedlings to 10 cm (4″) apart.

Seeds germinate in approximately 7-10 days.

Grown for their leaves and stems where the leaves are eaten like spinach and the colorful stems are cooked like asparagus. Small leaves are a colorful addition to salads as well.

Water regularly for optimum growth which also helps reduce the likelihood of plants bolting (going to seed).

Leaves of Swiss Chard are very decorative and can easily be added to containers or flower gardens for a wonderful effect with the added bonus of harvesting a healthy vegetable that can be eaten fresh in salads or lightly steamed with butter.

Companion Planting: Beans, Cabbage, Onion, Tomato

Harvesting and Storage: Harvesting can occur in a few ways. The whole plant can be cut away approximately 2” from the ground and the entire plant will grow again or just remove the outer larger leaves and leave the inner young leaves to keep growing and harvested later.

Swiss Chard does not store well for a long period of time and should be eaten the same day of picking or stored inside plastic bags the refrigerator and used in 3-4 days.

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