Swiss Chard 'Five Color Silverbeet' Seed Pack

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'Five Color Silverbeet' Swiss Chard is a terrific vegetable to grow in planters, and withstands just about any kind of weather the Pacific NW can throw at it. Young Swiss chard is delicious when eaten fresh, and is absolutely scrumptious sauteed, braised, or added to soups and stews. If making a stir-fry, consider slicing up and cooking the thick stems for a few minutes before adding the leafy greens. Chard is a great addition to fried rice, and it's so pretty!

Botanical Name: Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris
Mature Size: Up to 20" tall
Light: Sun to partial sun
Cold Hardiness: Biennial; fairly cold tolerant. Will overwinter in mild climates and withstand light to moderate freezes.
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 40#176;F, ideally 75°–90°F.
When to Start Inside: 4 to 6 weeks before transplanting out, 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date (protect from heavy freezes).
Special Germination Instructions: Sow as late as 2 months before first fall frost.
Days to Emerge: 5 - 10 days
Seed Depth: 1/2"
Seed Spacing: A group of 2 seeds every 8"
Row Spacing: 18"
Thinning: When ½" tall, thin to 1 every 8"
Maturity Date: 50 - 60 days
When to Harvest: Pick up to 1/3 of the outer leaves as needed, and let more leaves grow from the center of the plant; or, if desired, harvest the whole plant 2" above ground, and it will grow back. Pick very young leaves, at 2"-4" for using fresh in salads.
Additional Info: Grows well in container planters, withstands Pacific NW winters very well.
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