Seed Exchange - A member of the beet family grown for its edible leaves and stalks. Deep crimson stalks and leaf veins contrast beautifully with dark green heavily crumpled leaves. Ornamental and delicious, excellent in soups and stews. 50-60 days.
Dark red veins and stalks
Ornamental and delicious
Can be grown in containers
Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors in early spring when soil temperature is at least 50°F. Can also be started indoors 5-6 weeks before transplanting out. Grows best in full sun but tolerates partial shade. Swiss chard withstands light frost.
Plant 4" apart
Plant 1/2" Deep
Plant Rows 20-24" apart (or can be grown closer if you like the leaves smaller and harvest for salads vs cooking - we start out at 10" spacing for late spring leaves to munch on then pull up every other one to grow them larger)