GERMINATION RATE : 85%
Number of large white ribbed swiss chard Seeds /pkt : 25
Type of seed : Premium Heirloom Seeds
Sunlight : Full
Life-cycle : Annual
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We’ve become accustomed to thinking about vegetables as great sources of phytonutrients. Indeed they are! But we don’t always appreciate how unique each vegetable can be in terms of its phytonutrient content. Recent research has shown that chard leaves contain at least 13 different polyphenol antioxidants, including kaempferol, the cardio protective flavonoid that’s also found in broccoli, kale, strawberries, and other foods.
Also known as stem chard, spinach beet, leaf beet.
Chard is known to be a nutritional powerhouse vegetable packed with vitamins, nutrients and health benefits. Red Swiss chard contains high levels of vitamins C, K, E, beta-carotene, calcium and the minerals manganese and zinc. As noted, it also contains betalain. Betalin pigments have repeatedly been shown to support activity within the body’s detoxification process, activating and processing unwanted toxic substances. Betalians are not heat-stable, though, so longer cooking times can decrease their presence.
Easy to grow.
Harvest in 50-60 days
Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed.
Best planted at soil temperatures between 16°C and 29°C.
Space plants: 20 – 40 cm
> For a fall harvest, plant chard seeds again about 40 days before the first fall frost date.
> Before planting, mix 1 cup of 5-10-10 fertilizer into the soil for every 20 feet of single row.
> Plant the seeds 1/2 to 3/4 of inch deep in well-drained, rich, light soil.
> Space the seeds about 18 inches apart in single rows or 10 to 18 inches apart in wide rows. Sow eight to ten seeds per foot of row.
Maintenance and care:
Start seed inside for earlier crops, or if you want to arrange different colored plants of the variety ‘Bright Lights.’ Mulch plants to retain moisture and suppress weeds.
You can begin harvesting when leaves reach usable size. Remove a leaf or two from each plant, or cut plants an inch or two above the soil for cut-and-come-again harvest. Avoid damaging the growing point in the center of the plant at harvest.
As plants age, older leaves get tough. Cut plants back to about 3 to 5 inches tall to encourage a flush of new, tender growth.
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