SWISS CHARD Oriole ~ Orange
This delicious and nutritious chard is also very attractive and can be grown in the landscape. It has bright yellow-orange stocks and rumpled dark green leaves. Use as you would spinach in salads, stir-fries, or steamed. Approximately 60 days to maturity.
Special Directions for Short Season Climates
SOWING: Sow seeds directly into the garden as soon as soil can be worked in early spring through mid spring. Cover seeds with 1/2 inch of fine soil.
SPACING: Leave 18 to 24 inches between rows.
THINNING: When seedlings are 3 to 4 inches high thin to 8 to 12 inches apart.
GERMINATION: 1 to 2 weeks depending upon soil warmth and weather conditions. Keep soil moderately moist during germination.
Ed's Special Advice
This is one vegetable that can be grown in the landscape because of its decorative value. Can be grown in containers, borders, or the vegetable garden. Start cutting outer leaves when plants are about 8 inches tall for extended harvest, new leaves will grow out from the center. Plants grow best in relatively moist fertile soil. Grow during the cooler part of the growing season. Plant in late summer for fall crop. Use leaves from young thinned plants in salad.