Fire Fresh Swiss Chard
This hybrid variety produces long, oval, medium dark green leaves with bright red stems on moderate to fast growing upright plants. They have high resistance to Leaf Spot and medium resistance to Downy Mildew. Fire Fresh matures in 25-35 days for baby leaf and 50-60 days for greens. Approx. 300 seeds/pkg.
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Swiss Chard thrives in cool weather, so plant as soon as the soil can be worked, or at soil temperatures of 10-29 degrees C. For a fall crop, plant again in late August or early September. Sow thinly, about 1⁄2 inches deep. Thin plants to 1-3 inches apart, in rows 12-24 inches apart.
Full sun but will tolerate light shade, with soil pH of 6.2-7.0. Moderate feeder, requires a fertile, well cultivated soil. Enrich soil with plenty of compost and well-rotted manure. Needs even moisture for good growth. Drought and warm temperatures will cause premature bolting. For all season production, provide regular feedings with a well balanced fertilizer or compost tea.
The tender, flavourful vitamin-rich leaves may be cut as soon as they are big enough to eat. Harvested regularly, Swiss Chard will continue to produce fresh greens.
Pests & Diseases:
Leaf Miner is the most common insect to attack Swiss Chard. Use Rotenone or Trounce to spray newly hatched eggs. Timing is very critical. Use row covers to protect plants completely.