Red Rhubarb Swiss Chard
Beta vulgari var cicla
A stunning, red-stemmed swiss chard. Grows well, and if picked often enough, will keep growing for most of the year. A real asset in the veggie garden.
Seed count: Approximately 50 seeds
Best planting: August – May
Ease of growth: Very easy
Heirloom: Typically a variety that is older than 60 years.
- Height/width of the plant: 65+ cm
- Growth type: This plant has a bush or compact growth habit.
- Ideal germination temperature: 15°C
- Average germination in days: 7-10 days
- Sow method: The seed is best suited to starting off in seed trays and then transplanted once they are past the two true leaf stage, however, it can be sown directly in the soil from the start.
- Plant type: Hardy, Perennial
- Plant use: Grown either mainly as a leaf crop or the young leaves can be used as salad greens.
- Plant/row spacing: 40 cm/50 cm
- Days to harvest: 55 days
- Seed treatment: Certain seeds like beetroot and swiss chards have a very corky seed coat. Soaking them overnight allows water to penetrate the coat and assists with germination.