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Swiss Chard

Beta vulgaris var. cicla

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

50cm

Min

40cm

Flowering

This plant has no fragrance

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Swiss Chard Overview

Swiss Chard is an easy-to-grow, upright vegetable with Spinach-like leaves. It is very tolerant of heat and cold and is a good source of greens for much of the growing season. The leaf stalks are large and often used separately from the leaf blade, both very healthy and part of Mediterranean diet.

Common problems with Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard Companion Plants

Strawberries, beetroot, brassicas, celery, sweet peppers, onions

How to harvest Swiss Chard

Young leaves are ready to be harvested 25 days after sowing and mature leaves after 50 days. Harvest leaves regularly as the older leaves can become tough. Chard is a cut-and-come-again crop, so use a knife rather than pulling off the leaves.

How to propagate Swiss Chard

Seed

Sow seeds directly from mid-spring to midsummer, 6-10 mm deep and 20-30 cm apart. Germination takes 7-12 days.

Special features of Swiss Chard

Pot plant

Provided it is in a deep container.

Crop rotation

Good alternative for crop rotation. When most other groups of vegetables that can not be planted straight after each other.

Other uses of Swiss Chard

Culinary

Medicinal

High in vitamin A, C and K as well as fibre and minerals.

Edible

Leaves, stems and flowers are edible. The leaves can be cooked like spinach or be eaten raw; stems can be cooked like asparagus and served with butter; flower stalks can be cooked like broccoli.

Veg to Sow Outside in October

In vegetable beds, at the allotment or in the kitchen garden, sow these now to grow over the cooler winter months.

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