Heirloom Swiss Chard
Harvesting Swiss Chard Seeds
Swiss chard’s lightweight pollen can bee carried a long way in the wind, and will cross with other members of the species, such as swiss chard. Select swiss chards that are a couple inches in diameter and dig them up before the first hard frost. Cut leafy tops to 1 in. Bury swiss chards in damp sand or sawdust and store in a cool (40-50 degrees), humid place for winter. When the soil can be worked in spring, throw out swiss chards withered in storage and replant firm swiss chards outdoors about 2 ft. apart, with crowns just below the soil level. The plant will produce a tall, branched stalk loaded with tiny flowers. To harvest, cut plant at the ground and hang them upside down in a well ventilated area to dry. Strip seeds by hand. swiss chards seeds are harvested BIENNIALLY.
This abundant producer will bear crops all summer long and into the fall. Use Ruby Red Swiss Chard in salads or steam it for a delicious and nutritious side dish.
Maturity: 60 Days