Beta vulgaris var cicla
Swiss chard is also known as stem chard, spinach beet and leaf beet. This variety has a brilliant magenta colored stalk that is tender and narrow. The attractive medium dark green leaves are nearly flat when harvested at 2-3" as a baby green and slightly savoyed at maturity. This heat tolerant variety will also tolerate light frost.
- Cool season annual
- Approx. 200-350 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: Late spring to early summer or late summer to early fall
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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: Use in recipes that use pak choi or spinach. Baby leaves add a mild flavor and lovely color to salads. Sauté, steam or boil mature leaves and stalks.