Rainbow Swiss Chard (Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla var. flavescens) Bright Lights
Height 8-24 in
- The large and firm leaves of this variety of chard are mild, sweet, earthy and slightly bitter. The stalks range in colors from white, yellow, red, purple, pink, striped etc and resemble flat celery stalks.
- Rainbow Chard Swiss chard seeds sown too early in spring cause the plants to bolt quickly.
- To super start germination, soak seeds in water for 24 hours prior to planting.
- Starting seeds indoors: sow seeds½ to 1 inch deep, 2 to 6 inches apart, in starter pots. Once the seedlings are strong enough to handle transplant out into a prepared bed outdoors after last frost has passed. Continue planting seeds at 10 day intervals for a month indoors/outdoors and repeat. Chard is best treated as a “cut-and-come-again” crop.
- Before direct sowing seeds loosen the soil and add compost and organic fertilizer. Plant the seeds a half inch deep and about 2 inches apart. Seeds should sprout in 7-14 days. Sow seeds 1 cm (½”) deep, spaced 10-30 cm (4-12″) apart in rows 45 cm (18″) apart.
- Prefers full sun and will tolerate light shade in summer; requires loose, deep, and fertile soil rich in organic matter.
- Plenty of consistent moisture is required, especially as plants grow larger.
- Cook the stalks as you would asparagus and the leaves as you would spinach, or enjoy both raw in salads.
Cook the stalks as you would asparagus and the leaves as you would spinach, or enjoy both raw in salads. Swiss chard is a rich source of vitamins A, K, and C, and is an excellent source of minerals, dietary fibre, and protein.
Seed Count: 2 gr