Peppermint Swiss Chard (60 Days)
The Peppermint Swiss Chard offers strikingly vivid striped stems with a unique color combination for a Swiss Chard. Stalks have vertical fuchsia and white stripes with thick dark green savoy leaves. Harvest from baby sized to full grown. Try growing Peppermint Swiss Chard as an edible ornamental in a flower garden too!
Germination: 5-10 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-85ºF.
Seed Sowing Depth: 1/2” deep
Starting Indoors: 4-6 weeks before last frost. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot. Thin to the strongest seedling. Fertilize the seedlings every 7-10 days with a liquid or water soluble fertilizer, diluted to ¼ of suggested measurement. Start transplanting a week or two before last frost. Space 10-18" apart.
Sowing Outdoors: Mid spring into early summer. Starting when soil temperature reaches at least 50ºF. Germination is slower in cooler slow temperatures. Sow 3-4 seeds every 10-18” apart. Thin to the strongest seedling per space. Sow 40-50 days before first fall frost for late summer/fall harvest .
How much does a packet plant: 10-15 foot single row
Harvest: Remove outer leaves starting at 4-6” for baby salad greens. Use the mature leaves and center ribs cooked or raw.
Tips: Peppermint Swiss Chard needs fertile well drained soil. Tolerates both cold and hot temperatures and can grow from spring until frost. Sow a few times a summer for continuous greens.