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Swiss Chard

Beta vulgaris (Cicla Group)

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

80cm

Max

30cm

50cm

Min

40cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Swiss Chard Overview

Beta vulgaris (Cicla Group) is better known by the common name Swiss Chard. 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 a Mediterranean diet. The stems of Swiss chard are removed of their leaves and cooked like asparagus. The leaves are treated and cooked like spinach.

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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.

Edibles to Sow Outdoors in August

Successional sowings of these quick growing and cropping plants will fill spaces and ensure a prolonged harvest.

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Edibles to Plant Out in June

Young plants started off indoors can now be planted out.

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