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Swiss Chard Seed(25 gram)

Swiss Chard Seed(25 gram)

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Easy to germinate.25 gram swiss chard seed per pack.10 gram swiss chard seed contains 600-800 swiss chard seed.

How to Germinate Swiss Chard Seed?

Leave  the Swiss Chard  seeds in water for a while one day  before germination. Then leave those seeds on the ground. If you use a flowerpot fill 90% of the flowerpot with sifted preferably red soil and leave it on the soil. Put a thin layer of turf on it and damp it. (Make sure to water them without moving the seeds) you can also use the green house technique while damping it. In order to create a foggy effect while damping it, you can use a glass cleaner spray to damp the turf. Then you can wrap it with a plastic foil which increases the greenhouse effect inside the flowerpot and quicken the germination. Check the humidity every day and keep on damping with the spray. Waiting time depends on the type of the seed. Keep on damping during the waiting period.

About Swiss Chard

Swiss chard is a vegetable that is often overlooked. It is worth a try, however. Colorful and tasty, Swiss chard is full of nutritional goodness. Swiss chard is related to the beet, and comes in a variety of colors. The leafy portion is always a nice green, while the stalk can be white, bright yellow, or a Christmas red. If you are growing your own, or buy it from a farmer's market, it is not unusual to see all three colors packaged together as 'Rainbow Chard'. A very colorful salad or vegetable dish can be made using all three colors together. The edible portion is the leaf and stalk. The stalk needs to cook longer than the leaf, so it can be treated as two separate vegetables.

The younger, sweeter leaves can be put raw in salads, providing color, nutrition, and a spinach-like taste. Larger leaves can be chopped and cooked. The leafy portions cook quickly like spinach; the stalks should be chopped into bite-size pieces and can be sautéed or steamed for a longer period of time than the leaves.

 

Sowing Swiss Chard Seeds:


Plant Swiss Chard as soon as the soil can be worked. It will sprout fairly early, and will not be harmed by spring frosts. One planting will last the entire year. So, plan a permanent place for it.

Tip: For an even earlier crop, start a few seedling indoors. Transplant them outdoors when the night temperatures go down to a minimum of 28 - 30 degrees. Even if you plant a little too early, they can be covered up during unusually cold weather.

Outdoors, sow seeds 1/2 to 1 inch apart, in rows three feet apart. Thin seedlings to two to three inches apart. Swiss chard is quite tolerant to crowding, so don't worry if they appear too close. If you are just growing it for your home garden, a four to six foot row is more than enough for a whole family.

 


Days to Maturity:

Swiss Chard can be picked as soon as the leaves are large enough to harvest, usually in four to six weeks.

 


How to Grow Swiss Chard:


Growing Swiss chard is easy!

In selecting the location, you can plant Swiss Chard in the shadier parts of your garden, and where the soil is the poorest. While this plant is very forgiving, like any plant this prolific grower will respond to compost, manures and fertilizers.

To minimize the bitter mid-summer taste, make sure the plants get plenty of water. When you water the rest of the garden, don't forget the chard.

Let the outer leaves grow as big as you want. If you can't eat it as fast as it is producing, cut and discard leaves as they begin to wilt, turn brown or be damaged by insects. If the patch gets out of hand, do major surgery on the leaves. The inner leaves will take their place quickly.

 


Insects and Pests:


Insect infestations are fairly uncommon. Occasional chewing and sucking pests will affect them, most notably aphids. Most infestations occur in mid-summer when the leaves take on a slightly bitter taste. For home gardeners, we do not recommend sprays. Discard any affected leaves. In our home garden, if an infestation occurs in the mid summer, we turn to another leaf vegetable, as Swiss Chard at this time of year is a little too bitter for our taste anyway. Keep removing infested leaves.

Deer eat Swiss Chard. This is most common in the fall when other food sources are gone.

 


Disease:


Swiss Chard is resistant to most plant diseases. One planting will almost always last the season.

 


Harvesting:


You can harvest the leaves regardless of size. Pick the outer leaves and the new inner leaves will soon grow in their place. If the leaves turn a little too bitter for you in mid-summer, make sure to come back to them as the weather cools. The inner leaves are most tender and tasty, and are slightly blanched. Cut the stems near the base, even if you are not going to use them. be careful not to cut the stems of the inner leaves.

Rinse thoroughly and check the underside of the leaves for insects.

 

 


Hardiness:


Here's the best thing about Swiss Chard. As the weather cools, the leaves are their tastiest. Swiss Chard tolerates frost and freezes into the upper twenties. Even if a freeze kills off the outer leaves, the inner leaves may be protected. Cut away any frost damaged leaves. You still have chard to pick.

Even in Northern U.S., Swiss Chard is being picked at Thanksgiving. Many gardeners pick Swiss Chard as late as Christmas!

Tip: A cold frame usually ensures fresh chard well into December when lettuce prices are sky-rocketing.







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