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Swiss Chard 'Red Rhubarb'

Beta vulgaris (Cicla Group) 'Red Rhubarb'

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

40cm

30cm

Min

30cm

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Swiss Chard 'Red Rhubarb' Overview

'Red Rhubarb' Swiss Chard is a leafy dark green vegetable with a prominent red stalk. This variety is a productive grower with a long cropping season, which tolerates poor soil and little maintenance. It is a good choice for the beginner or busy gardener.

Common problems with Swiss Chard 'Red Rhubarb'

Red Rhubarb Swiss Chard is resistant to most plant diseases but may be bothered by pests such as slugs, snails, and caterpillars.

Swiss Chard 'Red Rhubarb' Companion Plants

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

How to harvest Swiss Chard 'Red Rhubarb'

Leaves are ready to harvest 8 weeks after sowing when the plant is at least 25 cm tall. Pick outer leaves as needed, and let more leaves grow from the middle of the plant or harvest the whole plant 5 cm above ground, and it will grow back.

How to propagate Swiss Chard 'Red Rhubarb'

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 'Red Rhubarb'

Pot plant

Red Rhubarb Swiss Chard can be grown in a container, provided it drains well and it is deep and at least 20 cm wide.

Crop rotation

Swiss Chard are heavy feeders, follow these crops with legumes.

Other uses of Swiss Chard 'Red Rhubarb'

Edible

Fresh young chard can be used raw in salads. Mature chard leaves and stalks are typically cooked or sautéed; the bitterness fades with cooking, leaving a refined flavor which is more delicate than that of cooked spinach.