Swiss Chard Seeds - Ruby Red
- Seed Count: 80 Seeds
- Maturity Date: Approximately 55-60 days from planting
- Type: Leafy Vegetable
- Leaf Characteristics: Dark green leaves with ruby red stems
- Growth Habit: Upright, bushy
- Soil Preference: Fertile, well-drained soil
- Planting Instructions: Sow seeds ½ inch deep, 18-24 inches apart, in rows 30 inches apart
- Climate Preference: Cool weather but adaptable to warmer climates
History: Ruby Red Swiss Chard, also known as Rhubarb Chard, has a long-standing history as a nutritious and ornamental leafy green. Originating from the Mediterranean region, it has been a staple in European and Mediterranean cuisines for centuries. This variety is known for its vibrant red stems and nutrient-rich leaves, making it a favorite in both culinary and ornamental gardening.
Uses: Ruby Red Swiss Chard is prized for its nutrient-rich leaves, which are high in vitamins A, K, and C. The leaves can be eaten raw in salads or cooked in a variety of dishes such as soups, stews, and sautés. The colorful stems add a decorative element to dishes and are equally nutritious. This variety is also popular in ornamental gardens for its striking red stems and lush green leaves.
Growth Habit & Planting Instructions: Ruby Red Swiss Chard grows in an upright, bushy habit, reaching up to 18-24 inches in height. It prefers fertile, well-drained soil and thrives in cool weather but can adapt to warmer climates. For planting, sow the seeds about ½ inch deep in rows that are approximately 30 inches apart, spacing the seeds 18-24 inches apart within each row. Regular watering and occasional fertilizing support healthy growth. Harvest the outer leaves when they are young and tender for the best flavor.