Baby Greens, “Swiss Chard Blend” Seeds
Young leaves are great in salads, steamed, stir-fried, added to lasagna, omelets, soups, and stews, and mixed with other greens. Apple Blossom Swiss Chard baby greens can be grown indoors at any time of year and are a nutrient-packed way to get your “green fix” in the dead of winter. Move containers as needed for best light exposure and temperature. Harvest when 2″–4″ tall and enjoy!
Mix includes: 50% Ruby Red swiss chard and 50% Fordhook Giant swiss chard
This 10 gram packet contains ~720 seeds.
Days to Maturity: 20–35 days
When to Sow Outside: 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date, when soil temperature is at least 50°F, ideally 60°–70°F. Successive Sowings: Every 2 weeks until 2 weeks before the first fall frost.
When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. Sow indoors any time of year, with indoor temperatures 60°–75°F. Successive Sowings: Every 2 weeks for a continual supply.
Days to Emerge: 5–10 days
Seed Depth: ⅛"–¼"
Seed Spacing: ¾"
Thinning: Not required.
Special Instructions: Good air circulation is important to help prevent fungal disease. If using a fan, avoid aiming the fan directly at the growing medium as it may dry the medium quickly; instead, bounce the airflow off a neighboring wall or the ceiling to create air movement in the general area.
Harvesting: When seedlings emerge, the first pair of leaves to show are the cotyledons, which can look very different from the leaves that follow, called "true" leaves. Baby greens are ready to harvest when they have true leaves, at 2"–4". Slow growers, or cool growing temperatures may require more time. Harvest by cutting just above the soil line. For more than one harvest (up to 3 before flavor declines) leave about 1/2" of leafy growth on the small plants so they can regenerate.