Vigorous climbing vines grow through summer into fall. Glossy, thick, savoyed leaves resemble spinach. Dark green leaves and deep red/purple stems. Mild Swiss chard taste. Use leaves and young stems sparingly in salads or stir-fries. Direct seed 1-2" apart, 1/4" deep, or start indoors and transplant outside after danger of frost. Thin to 6" between plants, rows 12" apart. Provide trellis. Avg. 15,000 seeds/lb. PKT: Avg. 100 seeds. Packet: 100 seeds.
Latin Name: Basella rubra
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Shipping Information & Notes
CULTURE: Sow from early spring through midsummer. In the South, greens are well adapted to fall plantings. For full-sized bunching, sow 15 seeds/ft., 1/4" deep in 2" wide bands in rows 18" apart. Most varieties do not require thinning. See catalog descriptions for varieties that do. Harvest before flowering. For baby-leaf, sow a 2" to 4" wide band at 60 seeds/ft. Clip young leaves when 3-6" tall. PESTS: Flea beetles are best controlled by covering with floating row covers (see Index) from day of sowing. AVG. DIRECT SEEDING RATE: For bunching: 830'/oz., 13,000'/lb. at above spacing. For baby-leaf: 210'/oz., 3,300'/lb. at above spacing. SEED SPECS: SEEDS/OZ.: 8,000-16,500 (Avg. 12,250). PACKET: 250 seeds sows 16' full-size, 4' baby-leaf.