Rainbow Blend Chard (Organic 55 Days)
The Rainbow Blend Chard is a brilliant blend of colors decorative enough to grow in a flower garden. Yellow, red, orange, white, and pink stems have dark green savoy leaves. Use all season; the baby greens can be added to salad mixes while the large leaves can be filled with veggies and grains and used as a carb-free wrap. When cooked the colors hold and brighten your dishes.
Germination: 5-10 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-85ºF.
Seed Sowing Depth: 1/2” deep
Starting Indoors: 4-6 weeks before the 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 the suggested measurement. Start transplanting a week or two before the last frost. Space 10-18" apart.
Sowing Outdoors: Mid-spring into early summer. Starting when the 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: Rainbow Blend 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.