Beet / Swiss Chard ‘Rainbow Lights’
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Botanical Name: Beta vulgaris
Heritage: France, circa 1888
‘Rainbow Lights’ is a gorgeous variety of Beet offering stems of several different bright colours.
Popular for it’s attractive appearance in the garden and on the dinner plate. This versatile vegetable is tender with great flavour similar to spinach and offers nutritious leaves in shades of red, orange, yellow, pink and white.
A home gardener’s favourite, it has a long cropping season and produces well in a range of climates. It’s a very dependable leafy green that can be picked year round, and can be harvested as a whole plant or by the leaf.
Very easy to grow, it does best in full sun but will tolerate partial shade, poor soils and inattention – making it perfect for beginners and busy gardeners. The small young leaves are delicious in salads, or you can use the larger leaves in stir-frys, soups, casseroles and pasta. Cook only briefly to maintain the stem colour.
Spring - Autumn
Sow Direct, or Transplant
Beet is best sown spring through ‘til autumn. Seeds can be sown in trays for transplanting, or directly in place approx. 30cm apart when soil temperatures are between 15°c – 25°c.
15°c - 25°c
10 - 14 days
Transplant seedlings, or thin directly sown seeds, once plants have several true leaves to a final spacing of approx. 30cm – 40cm apart. You can eat or re-transplant any thinnings.
30cm - 40cm
40 - 60 days
It can be generally grown year round as it has excellent tolerance to high temperatures and light frosts.
The outer leaves can be harvested frequently as the more it is cut for use the more it will regrow. The plants are fast growing, low maintenance, strong and disease resistant.
If sowing close to winter, transplanting can work well for allowing plants to get underway without experiencing significant losses from bug attacks. Remain vigilant for hungry slugs, snails and caterpillars.
It is a biennial that is typically grown as an annual for its young leaves. In areas that do not experience a hard frost, it can sometimes behave like a perennial and live for several years.
Eat immediately upon picking for best flavour, or it will keep for a week or two in the fridge.
Beet, or Silver Beet, is also commonly known as Swiss Chard in Europe and the USA.
APPROX SEEDS PER PACKET:
|HOME GARDEN ($3.50)||100 seeds|