With its deep green, heavily crumpled leaves contrasted by candy-apple red stems and leaf veins, this plant will make a striking addition to your garden! This plant can tolerate light frost, drought and poor soil. This adaptability gives it a long cropping season-early summer into fall or year round in mild climates. Its relatively small size (16-20" tall) makes it a great choice for container growing. This chard variety is less bitter than others and can be eaten raw or cooked. Use it in dishes like soups, stews, omelets or lasagna in the same way you would use spinach or kale. The pretty thin-stemmed leaves are especially tender when young and make a salad really pop!
Germination Temperature: 50 - 85° F
Germination: Usually within 7 - 14 Days
Days to Maturity: 50 - 60 Days.
Each package contains approximately 100 seeds.
Outdoor Sowing Recommended.
- 2 weeks before the last spring frost, sow seeds directly into garden in full sun or light shade. Repeat this process in summer for a fall harvest.
- Space the rows 2' apart and plant seeds ½" deep and 8" apart within the rows.
- Make summer plantings 1-2" deep.
- Seeds germinate in 5-20 days at 55-80°F.
- Thin seedlings to 10-12" apart.
- Harvest by picking larger, outer leaves first and leaving younger leaves in the center to develop.