Silverbeet- Ruby Red

Beta vulgaris Packet

Standard seed packet, 20 seeds

$1.25
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  • Leaf vegetable
  • Dark green leaves with red stems and veins
  • Excellent flavour

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Description

'Silverbeet- Ruby Red' seeds

Beta vulgaris

  • Leaf vegetable
  • Dark green leaves with red stems and veins
  • Excellent flavour

Biennial normally grown as an annual, growing to 60cm. Dark green leaves with red veins and stems. Excellent flavour; slightly unique. Very attractive both in the garden and in meals. Good variety for growing baby leaves. Silver beet is also known as "Swiss Chard" and is often confused with "Spinach".

Seeds per gram: 50
Product code: A2-07

Best Months to Sow
  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Cool
Temperate
Sub-Tropical
Tropical
Arid
Quick Sowing Guide
Method Sow direct or raise seedlings
Sowing Depth 15mm
Season Spring, summer and autumn (or anytime outside of frost)
Germination 5-10 days @ 10-30°C
Hardiness / Life Cycle Hardy Biennial
Row Spacing 50cm
Plant Spacing 30cm
Plant Height 60cm
Position Full sun, moist well drained soil
Days Until Maturity 60 days (30 days for baby leaf)

*Notes: Keep well watered. Cut leaves and stalks as required. Remove any flower stems as soon as they appear. Is susceptible to downy mildew and leaf spot.

How To Grow

How to Grow Silverbeet from Seed

Family: Amaranthaceae
Binomial name: Beta vulgaris
Life Cycle: Biennial

When to Sow Silverbeet Seeds

Silverbeet can be grown year-round in most climates. Avoid planting in extremely hot or cold weather which can affect germination and growth. Use the table below to identify the best time of year to sow silverbeet in your climate.

  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Cool
Temperate
Sub-Tropical
Tropical
Arid

Preparation

Silverbeet plants are best grown in full sun. Choose a location that will receive at least 6 hours of full sun each day.

Silverbeet plants need a loose, well drained soil enriched with organic matter. Prepare soil by weeding it thoroughly, digging it over to at least a spade’s depth to loosen the soil, and adding aged animal manure or compost. Organic matter can be dug into heavy soil to lighten it so roots can grow freely. Keep the area free of weeds until planting.

Silverbeet plants can be grown in containers. If possible choose a variety that’s recommended for container growing. Use a good quality potting mix and make sure your container is large enough for mature plants; a minimum of 40 litres is recommended for silverbeet. During the growing season, keep in mind that container grown plants may need additional fertiliser to encourage healthy growth.

How to Sow Silverbeet Seeds

Optional: SIlverbeet seeds do not require any treatment before sowing, but soaking seeds overnight in room temperature water prior to sowing may result in improved or more uniform germination.

Silverbeet seeds can be sown directly into the garden OR seedlings can be raised in trays or other containers and transplanted to the garden once established.

Sow Direct

  1. Sow seeds directly in the garden 15mm deep and 30cm apart, with rows 50cm apart.
  2. Keep soil moist but never wet or dry.
  3. Seeds should germinate in around 5-10 days at a soil temperature of 10-30°C.
  4. Young seedlings will need protection from pests, pets and weather until they are established.

Raise Seedlings

  1. Fill trays, punnets or jiffy pots with a good quality seed-raising mix, or use soil starter pellets.
  2. Sow seeds 15mm deep.
  3. Keep soil moist but never wet or dry.
  4. Seeds should germinate in around 5-10 days at a soil temperature of 10-30°C.
  5. Transplant seedlings to the garden once they have their first true leaves and are large enough to handle (usually 5-10cm tall).
  6. Plant out, spacing plants 30cm apart, with rows 50cm apart.

How to Grow Silverbeet

Silverbeet plants need regular watering during the growing season. Water when the soil is dry about 5cm below the surface (test this by scratching away a little soil with your finger). Water deeply in the early morning or late afternoon. Avoid watering the leaves of plants to avoid fungal diseases. Learn more about watering here.

If soil was well prepared no extra fertiliser should be necessary. In poor soil or to give your plants an extra boost, application of a high-nitrogen fertiliser or one formulated for leafy greens or herbs can be beneficial:

  • Apply slow release fertiliser at the recommended rate when transplanting or when seedlings are 5-10cm tall.
  • Apply liquid fertiliser at the recommended rate and frequency during the growing season.

Tip: To prolong the life of the plant, remove flower stalks as soon as they appear.

How to Harvest Silverbeet

Silverbeet should be ready to harvest in approximately 60 days (30 days for baby leaf).

Leaves are ready to harvest when they are large enough to eat, and can be harvested as needed. Harvest leaves by cutting off the outer ones at the base, leaving some on the plant for future growth. Eat silverbeet leaves as soon as possible after harvesting. Store leaves short term in a perforated plastic bag in the fridge. For long term storage silverbeet can be blanched then frozen.

Common Problems when Growing Silverbeet

Like all plants, silverbeet is susceptible to some pests, diseases and other problems. Below is a list of the most common problems gardeners encounter when growing silverbeet plants:

  • Bolting is when a plant prematurely flowers and goes to seed. Bolting can be caused by a period of extreme weather. Avoid sowing seed until after the danger of frosts has passed or in very hot weather. Water plants regularly and deeply in hot weather to prevent them suffering heat stress.
  • Slugs and Snails
    Slugs and snails are molluscs that feed on tender leaves and shoots, mostly at night, leaving slimy trails behind them. Control them by removing their hiding places, keeping free range poultry, collecting them by torchlight or by placing traps. Read more about slugs and snails here.
  • bacterial leaf spot
    Bacterial leaf spot is a disease that causes irregularly shaped brown spots on all above-ground parts of a plant. The spots at first appear to be wet but become dry and scab-like over time. Leaves and flowers can fall prematurely. Water plants at soil level (not on the leaves), dispose of fallen leaves and fruit and practice crop rotation.
  • Downy Mildew
    Downy mildew is a fungal disease that causes yellow to grey-brown patches on leaves, especially the undersides. Water plants at soil level (not on the leaves), remove and destroy affected leaves and do not overcrowd plants to ensure adequate air flow. If problems persist, spray with a homemade milk spray or fungicide.
  • Boron deficiency
    Boron deficiency causes yellow leaf tips, hollow discoloured stems or soft brown centres in the roots. Dissolve 1 tablespoon of household boron in 5 litres of water in a watering can and apply when seedlings are 5-10cm tall. Do not use as a general fertiliser as boron is toxic to some plants.

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Ratings & Reviews

Silverbeet- Ruby RedSilverbeet- Ruby Red

This stuff is great. Vigorous grower and a stunning colour.
12 September 2020

Great germination

I'm growing these as an autumn/winter crop here in Brisbane, and in our warm April we are having, I've had 100% germination in just 4 days. I've never grown them before, and the little red shoots were a surprising delight! Very strong little seedlings already. Excellent, fresh seed stock.
28 April 2019

So yummy & fresh

These were super easy to grow. Started seedlings in pots then transferred to garden bed. Now have a steady supply of yummy silverbeet. We get a full bunch every night just by picking off one or two leaves from each plant.
23 March 2016