Chard 'Lucullus'

Chard 'Lucullus' is a must-have desert island plant. A delicious, tender and very long-cropping leafy green. More
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Chard 'Lucullus' is a must-have desert island plant.

Worton Organic farm shop, near Oxford, is one of the best in the UK, and that's where I discovered this delicious, tender and very long-cropping leafy green.

Genus Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla
Variety Lucullus
Type Hardy Annual
Common Name 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 February - August.
Care Tips This will survive winter frosts to keep producing through until spring. 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.
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  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
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