How to Sow Swiss Chard Rhubarb Seeds
A traditional vegetable, which is commonly harvested and used in dishes. Swiss chard rhubarb is popular, because both the stems and leaves can be harvested. Leaves are used as a spinach substitute, or as a side leaf for salads. This is one of the largest varieties of swiss chard. With adult plants producing thick red stems, and large, lush green leaves. A fast germinating vegetable, which prefers to be sown in its final growing location. Bear in mind, swiss chard does not transplant well.
Growing Swiss Chard Rhubarb from Seeds
- Sow in well worked soil, or soil mixed with compost. Wait until the ground is not due to be frozen again for the year. If sowing in a greenhouse during colder times of the year, ensure temperatures do not reach below 10 degrees.
- Plant no more than 6 seeds, per foot of soil. This will ensure each plant has sufficient space to grow. Cover seeds with around half an inch of soil. Ensure the soil is well worked and not clumped. Sowing in an area which receives plenty of sun, will increase germination rates.
- Keep soil moist, but not over watered. Signs of germination, should occur within two weeks. Once seedlings reach around 4 inches tall, thin to a minimum of 8 inches between each plant. Do this carefully, as swiss chard rhubarb do not transplant well.
- If sowing in rows outdoors, ensure a minimum of 18 inches between rows. Swiss chard will be ready for an early harvest after 60 days. Allow them to grow on, for thicker stems and larger leaves.
- For a continuous supply, only harvest the leaves once plants reach their adult stage. At this point, swiss chard becomes much more resistant to frost.