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Swiss Chard 'Ruby Red' Seed Pack

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As beautiful as it is delicious, Swiss Chard is a great addition to ornamental planters. Consider growing an herb and chard basket!

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'Ruby Red' 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. The only caveat is, all those wonderful, heath-promoting antioxidants, as evidenced by the red stems and veins, may turn your food a lovely shade of pink! 

Botanical Name Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris
Mature Size 24" tall, 18" wide
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°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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