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Ruby Red Swiss Chard

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SWIRUR

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SKU:
SWIRUR
Weight:
1.00 LBS
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20 inches
_description-width:
18 inches
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Full Sun, Partial Shade
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Beta vulgaris var. cicla 'Ruby Red'
Edible:
Yes
Genus Name:
Beta
Family Name:
Beet
Foliage Color:
Green
Growth Rate:
Fast
Hardiness Zone:
(annual)
Harvest Season:
Early to Late Summer
Landscape Uses:
Massing, Edging, Garden, Container
Mature Height:
20 inches
Mature Width:
18 inches
Prune Time:
Best If Not Pruned
Light Needs:
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Water Needs:
Average to Moist
_callout-4|Light Needs:
Full Sun, Partial Shade
_callout-25|Foliage Color:
Green
_callout-10|Edible:
Yes
_callout-17|Landscape Uses:
Massing, Edging, Garden, Container

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Product Overview

Beta vulgaris var. cicla 'Ruby Red'
Closely related to beets, this variety is excellent for both ornamental and culinary purposes; arching, crinkled green leaves are supported by leaf stalks of ruby red, creating a colorful edging; leaves and stalks are great for salads or simply sautéed

Edible Qualities

Ruby Red Swiss Chard is an annual vegetable plant that is typically grown for its edible qualities, although it does have ornamental merits as well. The entire above-ground parts of the plant are edible, and are usually harvested from early to late summer. The edible parts have a mild taste and a crisp texture.

The plant is most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Eating When Cooked/Prepared
  • Cooking
  • Baking

Planting & Growing

Ruby Red Swiss Chard will grow to be about 20 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. When planted in rows, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. This fast-growing vegetable plant is an annual, which means that it will grow for one season in your garden and then die after producing a crop. Because of its relatively short time to maturity, it lends itself to a series of successive plantings each staggered by a week or two; this will prolong the effective harvest period.

This plant is quite ornamental as well as edible, and is as much at home in a landscape or flower garden as it is in a designated vegetable garden. It does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and it is considered by many to be an heirloom variety.

Ruby Red Swiss Chard is a good choice for the vegetable garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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