Young leaves start out green having violet ribs and veins with the color spreading outward. As the plant ages the leaves become more frilly, growing upright, 24-36” by 24” wide and when it gets hits by frost the color intensifies into a deep burgundy. Similar to Redbor but open pollinated.
Germination- 3-10 Days
Indoors- 4-6 weeks before last frost, 1/2” deep. Keep well watered and fertilized. Transplant out just before last frost. Start at same time as Broccoli, Cabbage, and Cauliflower.
Outdoors- 1/2” deep, 2-4” apart in early spring with soil temperature 55 degrees. Thin seedling to 12-24” apart. Sow another planting in mid/late summer for fall crops.
Harvest- Pick young leaves starting at 8-10” from the middle upward.
Tips- Leaves become very sweet after frost. Use thinning’s or sow a heavy seeded row every 10-14 days for baby greens.