The Old Farmer's Almanac Heirloom Rainbow Mix Swiss Chard Seeds - Premium Non-GMO, Open Pollinated, USA Origin, Vegetable Seeds

Lovely as a decorative ornamental, or as a colorful replacement in any dish that calls for Spinach, Rainbow Swiss Chard has vivid red, yellow, pink, white, and orange stems with dark green leaves. Premium, non-GMO, open pollinated, heirloom Rainbow Mix Swiss Chard Seeds from The Old Farmer's Almanac have high germination rates and are proudly sourced from American farms.

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Freshly Packed: These seeds are packed for the current growing season and will provide high germination rates next year as well.

Premium Packaging: All seeds from The Old Farmer’s Almanac are packaged in individually styled packets ideal for gifts, storage or immediate use. Each packet displays the flower, vegetable, plant or herb variety on the front with instructions and plant facts on the back.

Select a location with some sunshine; and sow seeds as soon as the soil can be worked. (In areas with mild winters chard can be planted at any time of the year.) Prior to seeding, soil should be cultivated and enriched with vegetable food. Chard is sensitive to acidic soils and prefers a pH of 6.0-6.4. After seeding, lightly firm soil over seeds. Water regularly and feed every 4-6 weeks. When chard is 6-10" tall, harvest outer leaves by cutting with a sharp knife to encourage additional growth.

For best results harvest  only a few older, outside leaves, at a time from each plant allowing younger leaves, int he center, to continue growing for additional harvests all season long.

Swiss chard is rich in vitamins with Calcium, Iron and Vitamins A, B1, B2, Niacin and C.

Wit & Wisdom: Swiss chard originated in -- you guessed it -- Mediterranean Europe! Oddly enough, chard is not native to Switzerland at all. According to legend, a Swiss botanist was responsible for determining chard's scientific name and the "Swiss" just stuck! Read The Old Farmer's Almanac Swiss Chard Growing Guide!

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Are Your Seeds Heirloom? What are Heirloom Seeds?
Heirloom Seeds (sometimes called Heritage Seeds) are open pollinated vegetable and herb seed strains that have been planted, grown and harvested for several generations (usually more than 30 or 50 years depending on the variety) with consistent results. Heirloom seeds are always non-GMO and are never hybrids. All of our vegetable and herb seeds are heirloom seeds.

Are Your Seeds Non-GMO? What Does Non-GMO Mean?
Non-GMO means seeds (or other products) that were produced without genetic engineering and were not derived from GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). All of our seeds are non-GMO.

Where do Your Seeds Come From?
Most of the seeds offered on our site are USA Origin seeds sourced from certified US based suppliers. We do also source a small number of seeds from other countries. To view the specific origin of any of our current seed offerings, check the seed packet or look in the specifications for "Country of Origin" on any product page.

Are Your Seeds Packed for the Current Growing Season?
All of our seed packets are packed for the current growing season. If stored properly they will provide high germination rates for 1-2 additional years as well.

How Can I Store My Seeds Safely for Use in the Future?
Our seeds will generally retain their high germination rates for several years from the date of purchase. If you're planning on saving your seeds for us in the future, the most important thing to remember that seeds like to be stored where it is cool, dry and dark. The easiest way to ensure this for long term storage at home is to double-seal your seeds inside two zipper style bags and then place them in the freezer. (Make sure you label your seeds for future reference if they're not in original packaging.) When you're ready to plant your seeds, take just the ones you want to use out of the freezer and let them sit on a counter, in a covered container, for a few days to thaw and stabilize before being planted. To preserve germination rates, minimize temperature, light and humidity fluctuations by storing your seeds at the back of the freezer and only taking them out when you're ready to use them.

The Package with my Seeds in was Left Outside in Freezing and/or Rainy Weather. Will the Seeds Still Work?
As long as your seeds have not gotten wet they should work fine. Freezing temperatures will not hurt the seeds.

Are Your Seeds Treated?
No. The USDA Certified Organic Program prohibits the use of treated seeds. All of our seeds -- whether certified organic or not -- are untreated.

The Old Farmer's Almanac Swiss Chard Seeds (Rainbow Mixture)

UPC Code 850008688249
Seed Count Approximately 25 Seeds Per Gram
Packed for Year These seeds are packed for the current growing season and will provide high germination rates next year as well.
Country of Origin United States
Packaging Packet or Resealable Pouch
Seed Type Non-GMO, Premium, Heirloom, Open Pollinated, Vegetable
Life Cycle Annual
Hardiness Zone USDA 6-13
Scientific (Latin) Name Beta Bulgaris Subsp. Circla
Growth Medium Soil
When to Plant Spring and Early Fall
Planting Depth 1/2 Inch
Plant Spacing 8-12 Inches
Row Spacing 18-30 Inches
Light Preference Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil Preference Rich soil
Time to Germination 7-10 Days
Time to Maturity / Harvest 50-65 Days
Growth Habit Upright
Fruit / Vegetable Size 6-10 Inches Tall