Red Chard

One of the very best edible and ornamental plants, with brilliant-red stems through deep-green leaves. More
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One of the very best edible and ornamental plants, with brilliant-red stems through deep-green leaves. Eat it like spinach, or allow it to run up to flower to give brilliant colour and height to your garden.

Genus Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla
Type Hardy Annual
Common Name Red Chard, Rhubarb Chard, Swiss Chard
Soil Type Fertile, Neutral
Site Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Well-drained
Height 45cm (18in)
Spacing 10-15cm for salad leaves. 30cm for spinach-like leaves.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Direct sow from April-August. Can sow under cover from February onwards in a gutter or seed tray.
Care Tips Protect with cloches in winter for good quality growth. This can be grown in container pots.
Harvesting All year, 4-6 weeks from sowing. In the summer, you can just 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. Leaves will produce for 4-5 months.
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.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest

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