Organic Silverbeet (Ruby Red) Seeds

Organic Silverbeet (Ruby Red) Seeds

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Ruby Red Silverbeet is a biennial vegetable with beautiful red stems and green leaves.  It is guaranteed to add cheer to your vegetable garden and goodness to your plate.  The baby leaves of this plant are particularly good!

Our Ecoseeds range is certified organic, non-GMO and open pollinated. Each Silverbeet seed packet contains approximately 30 handpicked seeds.

About Ruby Red Silverbeet (Beta vulgaris var. cicula, Swiss Chard)

Silverbeet (also known as Swiss Chard) is a wild beet that originated in Sicily.  In ancient society it was used for medicinal purposes, as well as a food source.  No wonder - it is packed full of vitamins!

Ruby Red has green leaves with red stems.  It is good for growing if you love baby beet leaves for salads and cooking.  A 'cut and come again' vegetable, Swiss Chard/Silverbeet can be picked leaf by leaf, as needed.  

Culinary Uses for Silverbeet (Beta vulgaris var. cicula, Swiss Chard)

Silverbeet is most commonly used in Mediterranean or European cooking, but can also be found in Turkish and Egyptian cuisine.  Both the stems and leaves of Silverbeet are edible.  The stems take a little longer to cook than the leaves, but are also slightly sweeter (they have a celery-like flavour).  

We love Silverbeet quickly sautéed with a little garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper.  It is a handy substitute for Spinach, and is also a great last minute addition to stir fries, or frittata.  Try a take on pesto using baby Silverbeet leaves, your favourite herb, some grated parmesan, garlic and toasted almonds.

Harvest by pulling, rather than cutting the stems, starting from the outside leaves.

Growing Information - Ruby Red Silverbeet  (Beta vulgaris var. cicula, Swiss Chard)

One of the best things about Silverbeet, is that it is really easy to grow.  It thrives in a sunny spot but will cope with part shade.  Plant Silverbeet in rich, well-draining soil.  Rosemary, Mint, Lavender, Chives, Beans, and Onions are good companions for Silverbeet. Avoid planting near Corn, Melons, Cucumbers, Squash and Potatoes.  

Keep the soil around your Silverbeet moist, but never water-logged. Work some mature compost into the soil and feed every now and then with worm tea to ensure a good crop.

Silverbeet is relatively frost and heat tolerant.  It will survive light wind, but heavy wind exposure can tear the leaves.  Protect from slugs and snails - especially after wet weather!  As they grow older, Silverbeet plants can get some fungal spots on the leaf, but this is usually cosmetic and shouldn't detract from their culinary value.  

If your Silverbeet plant starts to flower, you can cut it off at the base and it should re-sprout.

Climate and seasonal information - Ruby Red Silverbeet

You can plant Silverbeet most of the year round in almost all areas of New Zealand.  If you live in an area that experiences snow or heavy frost over winter, you can raise it in seed trays indoors/undercover over winter. 

Seed Sowing Instructions - Ruby Red Silverbeet Seeds

  • Direct sow: Spring - late Autumn 
  • Spacing: 30 cm apart
  • Sowing depth: 15 mm
  • Keep soil moist but not soggy while seeds are germinating
  • Germination: 10 - 15 days
  • Thin: 15 - 20 days
  • Harvest: 30 - 60 days (pick leaves as needed)
  • Watch out for slugs and snails!

 

We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  

 

Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options: info@urbanbounty.co.nz

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.