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A must-have desert island plant. I’ve grown this delicious, tender and very long-cropping, leafy green for several years, but realised how truly remarkable it was in the summer of 2018 when, despite the drought, this NEVER bolted. All other chard varieties, as well as spinach (including perpetual) ran to flower, but not ‘Lucullus’ - bred for Australian drought and heat. Passionately recommended.

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Genus Beta
Group/Species vulgaris subsp. cicla var. flavescens
Variety Lucullus
Type Hardy Biennial
Common Name Chard, Swiss Chard
Border Position Container, Front, Middle
Soil Type Fertile, Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 50cm (20in)
Spacing 40cm (16in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow successionally from March through to August. Can be sown under cover earlier in a gutter or seed tray.
Care Tips Chard are easy to grow with little or no attention. Keep weeds down by regular hoeing between plants, and water regularly during dry weather to minimise the bitter mid-summer taste. To extend harvesting past the first hard frost you can put the plants under a cloche or polytunnel.
Harvesting Initially cropping from mid-summer to late autumn, will re-emerge after a normal winter, to produce an early spring crop. In the summer, you can slice off the whole plant with a sharp knife and within a couple of weeks it will be ready to be picked again. When it's truly cold, harvest the outer leaves only, leaving the heart to continue to grow.
Cooking Notes This is actually two vegetables in one - separate the stem and the leaves, and cook the stem for 2-3 mins longer. Try it Sarah's delicious Ithaca pie recipe - a local version of Spanakopita.
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  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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