Ruby/Rhubarb Red Swiss Chard

Ruby/Rhubarb Red Swiss Chard

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Rich crimson red stems and bright green savoyed leaves.

The standard for red chards. This variety has been selected for highly savoyed leaves, color contrast and minimal chocolate leaves late in the season. Perfect for the garden with leaf veins that color early.

  • Narrow stems
  • Micro, baby or full size crop
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Beta vulgaris

Culture

Chard is a hardy biennial in the Chenopodiacea family, which includes spinach, beets, orach and quinoa. Chard is actually a type of beet that has been specialized for leaf production.

Soil Nutrients and Requirements

Chard appreciates loose well drained soils with acidity between 6.2 and 6.8, but will tolerate 6.0-7.5 and a wide range of soil textures. Heavy clay soils can be helped by the addition of organic matter.  

Plant Spacing

4-8" depending on desired leaf size

Row Spacing

Full size: 18-24"
Baby leaf: 2-4”

Harvest

Harvest full size leaves at any stage. Continuous harvests will encourage new growth. Use floating row covers to extend the season.

Storage

Cool with water immediately after harvest; stores best in plastic bags in the refrigerator.

Pest Info

  • Spinach Leaf Miners, Aphids, Leaf Hoppers and Flea Beetles can cause foliar damage, rotate fields if present to avoid over wintering populations. Row cover can reduce some types of insect damage.
  • Cabbage Maggot can infect transplants and young seedlings as they feed on roots; use nematodes to alleviate transplant damage in trays.

Disease Info

  • Leaf spots are commonly caused by either Cercospora beticola or Phoma batae and are most prevalent in mid-late summer, during periods of frequent rainfall and high humidity. 
  • Pocket Rot is caused by the fungus Rhizoctonia solani and is spread plant to plant creating pockets of infected plants.
  • Damping off is caused by a number of individual fungi. Downy Mildew, Pernospora sparsa, may appear in mid-to- late summer.
  • There are no resistant chard varieties available for these diseases. Prevention includes removal of plant debris, crop rotation, and increased air circulation

Days to Maturity

Baby: 30 days
Full Size: 60 days