Silverado Chard

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Silverado Chard

(56 full size; 30 days baby leaf) Mainers sure do love their Swiss Chard; this easy-to-grow early crop brightens our chilly drear spring and keeps producing the whole season long. Silverado, with its glossy deep green crinkly leaves and bright white stems is much like Fordhook, except it is more compact, more deeply savoyed, more uniform and with a narrower stem. It is also slower to grow to its full 16” height and slower to bolt, which gives it a long harvest window. Excellent taste. Very cold tolerant. NEW!


3040 Silverado
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A: 1/16oz for $2.20  
B: 1/8oz for $3.50  
C: 1/2oz for $5.50  
D: 1oz for $8.00  
E: 4oz for $20.00  
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Chard

Beta vulgaris (cicla group)

800–2,000 seeds/oz. 116 oz packet sows 5–13 ft; 1 oz plants 80–200 ft.

Culture: Hardy and easy to grow. Direct seed 2" apart. Same species as beets. 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.” Plants will grow quite large. 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.

Minimum germination temperature 40°, optimum range 50–85°.

Greens

Days to maturity are from direct seeding.

Culture: When to harvest greens? Research from trials conducted in England and Kenya showed looseleaf lettuce, red chard and arugula harvested in the evening had a longer shelf life than when picked in the morning.