Beta vulgaris var cicla
The stalks, midribs and veins of this Swiss chard are a remarkable and unusual bright carrot-orange color, which contrasts against dark green shiny leaves. Savoyed leaves, crisp stalks and the way Fantasia Orange holds its color even when cooked make this variety a favorite with cooks. Harvest baby green leaves after 30 days. Mature plants grow to 24”. Fantasia Orange is slow to bolt.
Enjoy the baby leaves in salads, and use the colorful mature stalks in sautés or relishes.
- Cool season annual
- Approx. 200-225 seeds in packet. (A seed will vary in weight and size within a given seed lot. The number of seeds stated is only an estimate.)
- Maturity: Approx. 53-60 days
- Planting season: Mid spring to early summer
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Cultivation: Prepare fertile, well-drained soil. Sow seeds in spring/summer after last frost in a warm, sunny location or partial shade in hot areas. In temperate areas, sow in late summer/early fall as well. Keep soil moist. Fertilize as needed. When the plant has a strong root structure, harvest a couple of leaves from each plant. Mature plants can be cut back 1-2" above soil for re-growth for a cut-and-grow again harvest.
Please note: Maturity, adaptability and disease tolerance may differ under your specific climate and/or growing conditions.
Culinary tips: Good in recipes that use pak choi or spinach. Use small leaves in salad.