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Swiss Chard Seeds - Rainbow Mixed

Botanical - Beta vulgaris

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175 Seeds.

Other Names - Chard, Leaf Beet, Spinach Beet…

This variety of swiss chard produces a stunning array of colours with its red, white, yellow, pink and orange stems. Rainbow mixed swiss chard can be eaten at any age but are at their most tender when young when they can be used as baby leaves in salads. One or two sowings should supply the kitchen with colourful leaves for most of the year.

  • Adds a stunning display of colour to the flower or vegetable garden.
  • Slow to bolt, fast and easy to grow and winter hardy.
  • Ideal for containers and beginners.

Suitable For - Vegetable plot, raised beds, container garden, limited space

Sowing Months - March - early August

Harvest - May - December, March - May from an August sowing


Gardening is about finding the right balance! Try growing Companion Plants close by to help deter pests.

  • Bush French beans and chard grow well together.
  • Broccoli and chard next to each other also grow well.
  • Brussels sprouts seem to grow better with smaller plants such as chard growing amongst them.
  • Chard and cabbage are good companions.
  • Comfrey leaves can be used to make a nutrient rich liquid fertilizer which is ideal for giving the leaves a boost. It can also be used as a compost accelerator, a slug repellent and a nutritional mulch.

Soil Preperation

Add well rotted manure or compost a few months before sowing or planting (ideally the previous autumn). Add some general purpose organic fertilizer 1 - 2 weeks before sowing or planting and remove any weeds.

General InformationSowing & Planting Information
Habit Biennial, grown as an annual Module Grown & Transplants
Type Heritage variety Distance between plants 30 cm
Position Full sun or partial shade Distance between rows 30 cm
Average height 40 cm Direct Sowing
Average spread 45 cm Sowing distance between plants 3 cm
Hardiness Hardy Distance between rows 30 cm
Overwintering Undercover Sowing depth 1cm - 1.5 cm
Soil Ph 6.5 - 7.0 Germination temperature 10 to 20℃
    Days to germination 7 - 14 days

Sowing Guide

Early Sowing/Module Sowing

Swiss chard grows well in clumps of plants. Sow 2 - 3 seeds per 4 cm module. As soon as germination starts reduce the heat and move to a location with good daylight exposure, a windowsill or greenhouse is ideal. Keep the compost moist but avoid overwatering. At this stage room temperature is ideal, protect from frost.
2 - 4 weeks after germination (depending on speed of growth) plant out. Harden off over 7 - 10 days before planting out to reduce shock. Plant out at the distance suggested above. Firm the soil around each clump of plants and water well.

Direct Sowing

Sow 1 seed every 3 cm at the depth and row distance suggested above. Cover the seeds with soil and water well. When the seedlings are big enough to handle they may need to be thinned depending on your preference. For small sized plants do not thin the seedlings. For medium sized plants thin to 10 - 15 cm apart. For large sized plants thin to 30 cm apart.


Growing On

Weed regularly to remove any competing plants. Water well every 10 - 14 days in dry spells (more often if grown in containers). They will benefit from a mulch of compost to help keep the soil moist on hot sunny days. Bolting is unlikely however if a plant does run to seed remove any flower heads and stems. When the weather cools in autumn growth will gradually slow down. If the plants are grown outdoors and you wish to overwinter them, cover the plants in late autumn with a cloche to help prevent severe frosts killing the roots.
Light picking can be done up until early to mid December. The plants will not produce new leaves until early spring when light pickings can start again and as the growth becomes stronger so can the harvesting. In late spring the plants will naturally run to seed producing tall ornamental coloured stems and flowers.


Harvesting

Regular pickings will enable the plants to keep producing smaller juicy tender leaves. Harvest the outer leaves first, leaving the small young leaves in the middle to develop further for future pickings. Avoid tugging hard on the leaves when harvesting so not to disturb the roots. Use scissors or a sharp knife if preferred.
Chard leaves will grow large if allowed to, they are still edible at this stage however they will be tougher than baby leaves and are best cooked like spinach. A chard plant, if regularly picked, can produce leaves for up to 10 months. Leaves can be stored in a polythene bag in the fridge for 4 - 5 days.

TIP

Sometimes birds like to uproot young seedlings. If this happens cover the plants with horticultural fleece or netting. Once the plants are strong enough they can be uncovered again.

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