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.
Germination: 3-10 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. Transplant a week or two before last frost. Space 12-18" apart. Sow in midsummer for fall crops.
Sowing Outdoors: Starting in spring when soil temperature reaches at least 55ºF. Sow 2-3 seeds every 12-18”. Sow closer to harvest baby greens. Thin to the strongest seedling per space. Sow in midsummer for fall crops. Germination is slower at lower soil temperatures.
Harvest: Pick young leaves starting at 8-10".
Tips: Plant into a fertile, well drained soil. Leaves become very sweet after frost. Use thinning’s or sow a heavy seeded row every 10-14 days for baby greens.
days for baby greens.