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Swiss chard leaves

Swiss Chard


General Information

  • Swiss Chard: Beta vulgaris var. cicla
  • (Chenopodiaceae)
  • Sunlight: full Sun to part shade.
  • Soil conditions: requires well-drained soil. Prefers deep, loose, fertile soil, high in organic matter. Harvest outer leaves, avoiding center crown, for continued production.
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Pest and Diseases

  • Aphids
  • Leaf miners
  • Leaf spot 
  • Downy mildew.

Successful cultivars and harvest

  • Bright Lights Baby (28 days) Bunching (60 days) 
  • Peppermint Baby (33 days) Bunching (63 days) 
  • Ruby Red  Baby (32 days) Bunching (59 days) 
  • Oriole Orange  Baby (30 days) Bunching (60 days) 

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