Ruby Red/Rhubarb Swiss Chard Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

This packet sows up to 48 feet.
5 out of 5 stars
(1 review)
Availability: In Stock
'Ruby Red' chard will beautify your garden as well as your plate! An 1850s vigorous grower with a long growing season, it will provide fresh greens from early summer into fall, and year-round in mild climates. Packed with vitamins and minerals, young leaves are great for salads. Any size leaves can be steamed, stir-fried, added to lasagna, omelets, soups, and stews, and mixed with other greens. Good container variety.
$2.69 2 grams (~140 seeds)

Botanical Name: Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris

Days to Maturity: 50–60 days

Family: Amaranthaceae

Native: Mediterranean region, Europe

Hardiness: Biennial; fairly cold tolerant. Will overwinter in mild climates and withstand light to moderate freezes.

Plant Dimensions: 24" tall, 18" wide

Variety Information: Dark green crinkled leaves with red veins and stalks and sometimes with reddish coloring in the leaves.

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. Sow as late as 2 months before first fall frost. Mild Climates: Sow in fall.

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).

Days to Emerge: 5–10 days

Seed Depth: ½"

Seed Spacing: A group of 2 seeds every 8"

Row Spacing: 18"

Thinning: When ½" tall, thin to 1 every 8"

Harvesting: 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.

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Ruby Red/Rhubarb Swiss Chard Seeds Reviews

1 review

One of my favorite greens!

5 out of 5 stars Jan 30, 2021
I'm still planting these out of a 2017 packet, they germinate beautifully and grow into huge, strong, beautiful plants every season (if the snails don't munch them all first). Delicious greens, tough enough to stand up to brutal summer heat, and the stalks are a deep, bright red. They are pretty fail proof and an annual must have in my garden. Zone 9b.
JM from CA

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