Leaf beet

Leaf beet 'Swiss Chard'

Leaf beet - Leaf beet   'Swiss Chard'

Common Name: Leaf beet
Genus: Leaf beet
Cultivar: 'Swiss Chard'

Category: Fruit & Vegetables
Features: Suitable for growing in containers

Height: 0.60 m (60 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Widely considered to have the best flavour of all the leaf beets, Swiss Chard is a big, handsome plant with broad pure white midribs. It's extremely reliable, producing a good crop even in drought conditions and withstanding winter weather well too. Makes an excellent cut-and-come-again crop: pick leaves from the outside to encourage fresh young growth. It can be grown all year round and a last sowing in late summer in greenhouse borders or under cloches it provides fresh greens all winter.

  • Growing Instructions: In spring make a drill 2cm deep and sow seeds about 20cm apart. Cover lightly with soil and water in. Seeds can produce multiple seedlings, so thin to leave one plant to mature at each spot. Leaf beet can also be grown in containers: sow direct into the compost allowing about four seeds to a 45cm pot.

  • Sow: March-August

  • Harvest: Mid-May onwards


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