Swiss Chard, Ruby Red (Beta vulgaris subsp. circla) - 100 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•Sow 2-3 weeks before last spring frost to 2 months before first fall frost.
•Mild climates can sow in the fall
'Fordhook Giant' is an old favorite with its broad, strong stems and large leaves packed with vitamins and minerals. A vigorous grower with a long growing season, it will provide fresh greens from early summer into fall, and year-round in mild climates. White stem varieties are generally more bolt and cold tolerant and more productive than colored stem varieties. Young leaves are great for salads. Glows in containers as an ornamental.
Direct sow about a week after the last spring frost, plating it 1/2" deep in compost-enriched soil in full sun. For harvesting the entire plant, space the plants 4-5" apart. For continual harvesting of the outer stalk, space the plant 8-10" apart for larger growth. For a continuous summer crop plant more Swiss chard every two weeks. Germination should occur in about a week. Swiss chard can survive a light frost and can be planted as a fall crop.