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Swiss Chard

Botanical Name
Beta vulgaris subspecies cicla
Hardiness
Biennial grown as annual
Height
1 to 3 feet
Width
6 to 24 inches
Light
Full sun to part shade
Soil
Moist, well-drained
Planting & Care
  • Swiss chard best germinates in temperatures between 40°F and 85°F
  • Begin planting 2-3 weeks before last frost. Sow seeds 1/2 to 1 inch deep, 2 to 6 inches apart in rows 18 to 24 inches apart.
  • Thin seedlings to 6-12 inch spacing
  • Mulch soil around plants to conserve moisture and suppress weeds
  • When growing for ornamental value, continual harvesting or removal of the outer stem and leaves will ensure continued color throughout the season
Problems
Leaf miners, aphids, leaf spot, downy mildew
Varieties
  • Bright Lights - All-America Selection winner, red, white, orange, purple, gold, and pink stem colors; green or bronze leaves
  • Peppermint - very attractive pink and white striped petioles, dark green leaves

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