Saturday, March 1, 2014

Ruby Red Swiss Chard

Red Chard Seedlings

As I enjoyed my white variety of Swiss Chard, I decided to try growing the red variety to add some more color to my life. I started these seeds a week ago, so I'll be adding more information and photos as they grow. This is a really easy plant to grow. I haven't done anything other than watering it to keep it alive and growing.

Annual or Perennial?: Perennial
Germination time: 7-14 days
Days until maturity: 50 days
Light requirements: 4-6+ hours (Partial shade to full sun)
Plant size: Medium
Spacing: 12 inches
Temperature: Cool/Warm weather
Difficulty: Easy
Traits: Fast growing
Companion plants: Swiss Chard is a member of the beet family, so avoid planting near pole beans.
Special needs: Requires constant harvesting

When to plant: It's recommended to plant this either in early fall or early spring, but it can be grown year round. Tolerates both heat and cold.

How to grow: Plant seeds in soil. Seed pods contain multiple plants, so thin out the weakest plants once true leaves begin to form. Water regularly.

How to harvest: When leaves are big enough (about the size of your palm), cut outside leaves from the base of the plant. Leaves grow back for a continuous harvest.

Photos:

Red Chard seeds
Seeds
Red Chard Seedlings
Seedlings

Developing Seedling
2 week old chard
2 weeks old
4 week old red chard
4 weeks old
5 week old Red Chard
5 weeks old
7 weeks old
Red Chard leaves harvested June 24
Harvested leaves


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