Beta vulgaris (60 days) Open-pollinated. This exciting new red chard is an improvement over the other red strains we carry. No muddy color here—nothing but clear rich red stems, culminating in the contrast of deep green savoy leaves. And the especially broad stems make for an amazing presentation when bunched at market. Moreover, this breeding collaboration between Maine’s own John Navazio, WA farmer Nash Huber and the Organic Seed Alliance has resulted in a more bolt resistant red chard as well. This is one that sings for itself ‘come see about me’. ①
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Salzer’s 1915 catalog opines, “Swiss chard produces more food for the table than almost any other vegetable and it also requires less care; it yields a constant crop from July to winter.” Same species as beets.
Culture: Hardy and easy to grow. Can be sown almost as soon as ground can be worked in spring. Minimum germination temperature 40°, optimum range 50–85°. Space according to use—can be direct-seeded 2" apart for baby-leaf harvest; thin to 12–16" apart for large leaves. Soften thick ribs of chard, beets and other greens by braising. Also used for microgreens.
Disease: Cercospora Leaf Spot (CLS) looks like someone shot small target-like circles in mature foliage. Prolonged periods of rain and high humidity exacerbate this disease. Rotating crops, removing plant debris, and wider row spacing for adequate air circulation are preventive measures.
For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.