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Swiss chard 'Canary Yellow'

Beta vulgaris var. cicla 'Canary Yellow'

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Canary Yellow is a variety Swiss Chard with attractive bight yellow stems that will withstand a mild frost, dry weather and is less prone to bolting. A single sowing will give you tasty spinach type leaves for up to 12 months. This variety is great for beginner or busy gardeners.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer

Harvesting

Young leaves are ready to pick 25-30 days after sowing and more mature leaves after 50-60 days. Chard is a cut-and-come-again crop, so pick as needed. Harvest leaves regularly as the older leaves can become tough. Cut off flower stalks to extend the harvest.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds directly in early spring to summer, 6-10 mm deep and 15-30 cm apart, in rows about 38-45 cm apart. Germination takes 7-15 days.

Special features

Crop rotation
Canary Yellow Swiss Chard is a heavy feeder and requires a lot of nutrients to flourish, follow with a legume.
Drought resistant
Chard is able to withstand droughts but flourishes when watered moderately.
Pot plant
Supply a big enough container for ample root growth.

Geography

Origin
Mediterranean
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Edible
The leaves, stems and flowers are edible. The leaves have a mild, sweet flavour and are great raw, sautéed or braised. The flower stalks can also be cooked and eaten like sprouting broccoli.

Personality

Family
Amaranthaceae
Flower colour
, Green
Scent
None

Problems

It is resistant to most plant diseases but may be bothered by Cercospora leaf spot which disfigures the leaves with gray spots that have purple edges and downy mildew, which causes a mildew-like growth on the foliage. Aphids, mites, snails, slugs, and caterpillars may also be a problem.

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