Rhubarb Chard

SKU: SW752
Pretty enough for the flower garden, this wonderful and richly flavoured heirloom variety has wide stalks and veins that are bright scarlet red and deeply crumpled leaves that are rich dark green. Cook the stalks as you would asparagus and the leaves as you would spinach, or enjoy both raw in salads. Read More

Exposure Full-sun

Matures in 60 days

Season Cool season

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Pretty enough for the flower garden, this wonderful and richly flavoured heirloom variety has wide stalks and veins that are bright scarlet red and deeply crumpled leaves that are rich dark green. Cook the stalks as you would asparagus and the leaves as you would spinach, or enjoy both raw in salads. Rhubarb Chard Swiss chard seeds sown too early in spring cause the plants to bolt quickly. This reliable old variety first arrived on the market in 1857, and has been winning fans and feeding families ever since. Swiss chard is a rich source of vitamins A, K, and C, and is an excellent source of minerals, dietary fibre, and protein. Winner of the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Matures in 60 days. (Open-pollinated seeds)

Quick Facts:

    • Pretty enough for the flower garden
    • Wonderful richly-flavoured heirloom
    • Rich dark green or purple leaves
    • Open-pollinated seeds
    • Matures in 60 days

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All About Rhubarb Chard

Latin

Latin
Beta vulgaris var. cicla
Family: Amaranthaceae

Difficulty

Difficulty
Easy

Season & Zone

Season & Zone
Season: Cool season
Exposure: Full sun

Timing

Timing
Direct sow any time from early spring to mid-summer. Chard is moderately winter hardy and may perform into the following spring where winters are mild. Optimal soil temperature: 10-30°C (50-85°F). Seeds should sprout in 7-14 days.

Starting

Starting
Sow seeds 1cm (½”) deep, spaced 10-30cm (4-12″) apart in rows 45cm (18″) apart.

Days to Maturity:

Days to Maturity: From direct sowing.

Growing

Growing
Ideal pH: 6.0-6.5. Swiss chard prefers loose, deep, and fertile soil that is rich in organic matter. Plenty of consistent moisture is required, especially as plants grow larger. It grows best in full sun, but will tolerate light shade in summer. A liquid fertilizer or compost tea applied twice during summer will keep chard growing well.

Harvest

Harvest
For salad mix, seed more densely and cut as baby leaves. Cut individual mature stalks using the large outer ones first.

Seed Info

Seed Info
In optimal conditions at least 75% of seeds will germinate. Usual seed life: 3 years. Per 100′ row: 220 seeds, per acre: 64M seeds.

Companion Planting

Companion Planting
Beans, Brassicas, and onions make the best companions for chard.

More on Companion Planting.

How to Grow Swiss Chard

Step 1: Timing

Direct sow any time from early spring to mid-summer. Chard is moderately winter hardy and may perform into the following spring where winters are mild. Optimal soil temperature: 10-30°C (50-85°F). Seeds should sprout in 7-14 days.

Step 2: Starting

Sow seeds 1cm (½”) deep, spaced 10-30cm (4-12″) apart in rows 45cm (18″) apart.

Step 3: Growing

Ideal pH: 6.0-6.5.

Swiss chard prefers loose, deep, and fertile soil that is rich in organic matter. Plenty of consistent moisture is required, especially as plants grow larger. It grows best in full sun, but will tolerate light shade in summer. A liquid fertilizer or compost tea applied twice during summer will keep chard growing well.

Step 4: Germination

Days to Maturity: From direct sowing.

In optimal conditions at least 75% of seeds will germinate. Usual seed life: 3 years. Per 100′ row: 220 seeds, per acre: 64M seeds.

Step 5: Harvest

For salad mix, seed more densely and cut as baby leaves. Cut individual mature stalks using the large outer ones first.

Tips!

Companion Planting: Beans, Brassicas, and onions make the best companions for chard.

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