Seeds - Chard, Joy's Midnight OG (SGH)


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Description: Chard are so remarkable for their range of foliage colour, and in many cases the vibrant colours are on display. Joy's Midnight leans into the darker side, with deep burgundy to red-black foliage and saturated orange stems - truly different! Some variability is to be expected with this variety. 

Pack Size: 75

Latin Name: Beta vulgaris
Main Uses: Culinary

Days to Maturity: 30 days baby leaf, 60 days full size
Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Height: 45 cm (18 inches)
Certified Organic: USDA Certified Organic

Germination: 7 - 14 days at 13º - 23ºC.
Seeding Depth: 1/2”
Spacing: Sow seeds every 2” in rows 18 - 24” apart. Thin to 4 - 8” apart. For baby greens, sow more thickly and do not thin.
When to Sow: Mid-spring through mid-summer.
Sowing Indoors: 4 - 6 weeks before planting out time. Transplants will result in earlier harvests. Chard transplants may also be started in a cold frame.

Soil and Nutrient Requirements: Provide loose, well-drained soils with the addition of good quality compost, such as Sea Soil. Heavy clay soils will benefit from the the addition of organic matter and Greensand.

Growing in Containers: Grows very well in larger containers and raised beds.

Fertilizing (Containers): Add 25% quality compost to potting mix; fertilize weekly with a higher-nitrogen organic plant food such as fish-based fertilizer.

Watering (Containers): Water deeply when top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Check every day or two during very hot weather.

Growing in Mixed Planters: This variety is well-suited for larger mixed planters such as a half barrels.

Fertilizing (Garden): Plant in garden beds recently amended with quality compost. No additional fertilizing is required.

Watering (Garden): Water daily for the first two weeks post transplanting. Check on plants during hot weather, and water if soil is very dry or plants are wilty.

Notes: Chard is an idea green for growing during the hot summer months and typically performs better than lettuce. Sow every 2 weeks for a continual harvest.

Suitability for Indoors: Not ideal for indoors, but can be grown as a specialized crop.

What about Grow Lights? Grow lights are required to grow this variety indoors.

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