The bright colors of 'Celebration' are cause for, well, a celebration! Red, magenta, orange, pink, yellow, and white stems support glossy, dark green leaves—a beautiful ornamental for the flower garden or large containers! New selection with deeper colors and less white in the mix, but with flavors as bright as ever. Open-pollinated variety with uniform leaves and stems, a great specialty chard for the home gardener. Harvest all summer or grow for baby greens!
• Botanical Name: Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris
• Days to Maturity: 55 days
• Family: Amaranthaceae
• Native: Mediterranean region, Europe
• Hardiness: Biennial; fairly cold tolerant. Will overwinter in mild climates and withstand light to moderate freezes.
• Plant Dimensions: Up to 20" tall
• Variety Information: 'Celebration' is a multi-colored chard that produces uniform plants with dark green, glossy leaves. Vibrant multi-colored petioles (stems) are various shades of pink, yellow, white, and orange.
• Attributes: Good for Containers
• When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 40°F, ideally 75°–90°F. Sow as late as 2 months before first fall frost. Mild Climates: Sow in fall.
• When to Start Inside: 4 to 6 weeks before transplanting out, 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date (protect from heavy freezes).
• Days to Emerge: 5–10 days
• Seed Depth: ½"
• Seed Spacing: A group of 2 seeds every 8"
• Row Spacing: 18"
• Thinning: When ½" tall, thin to 1 every 8"
• Harvesting: Pick up to 1/3 of the outer leaves as needed, and let more leaves grow from the center of the plant; or, if desired, harvest the whole plant 2" above ground, and it will grow back. Pick very young leaves, at 2"-4" for using fresh in salads.