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BETA vulgaris ssp. cicla 'Ruby Red'
The tasty and beautiful Swiss chard, ‘Ruby Red’ has colorful candy apple red stems and enormous reddish green leaves. The plants are so pretty they can be incorporated into container plantings and mixed borders. When cooked, the leaves even hold their color well. Harvest can begin 60 days after seeding and leaves gathered all season long, though they taste best in spring and fall when days are cool and nights chilly. Harvest healthy, mature leaves by cutting them cleanly at the base. These have a short shelf life, so eat them quickly!
Swiss chard is planted for its big crinkly leaves that can be eaten in salads, soups or simply steamed or sautéed. Usually grown as an annual, it is a true biennial. Unlike its cousin the beet, chard is not grown for its fleshy roots but for its large edible leaves and fleshy stems that can be harvested all season. If not pulled in the first year, plants will produce spikes of unimpressive flowers in the second.
This is an easy vegetable to grow. It prefers full sun and fertile, slightly alkaline garden soil. It is quite heat tolerant but flourishes in cooler seasons. In fact, the leaves may become bitter in extremely hot weather. Plants may be directly seeded or transplanted into the vegetable garden. Sow chard a few weeks before the last frost date in temperate zones and in the winter in warm, frost-free areas. Feed with a balanced fertilizer and water regularly.
Standard chard has dark glossy green leaves and white stems and veins—-much less interesting than ‘Ruby Red.’
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1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m
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Red, Dark Green, Dark Red
Bedding Plant, Container, Edible, Herb / Vegetable, Mixed Border
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