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Swiss Chard 'Red Rhubarb'

Beta vulgaris var. cicla 'Red Rhubarb'

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'Red Rhubarb' Swiss Chard is a leafy dark green vegetable with a prominent red stalk. This variety is a productive grower with a long cropping season, which tolerates poor soil and little maintenance. It is a good choice for the beginner or busy gardener.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Leaves are ready to harvest 8 weeks after sowing when the plant is at least 25 cm tall. Pick outer leaves as needed, and let more leaves grow from the middle of the plant or harvest the whole plant 5 cm above ground, and it will grow back.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds directly from mid-Spring to midsummer​, 6-10 mm deep and 20-30 cm apart. Germination takes 7-12 days.

Special features

Pot plant
Red Rhubarb Swiss Chard can be grown in a container, provided it drains well and it is deep and at least 20 cm wide.
Crop rotation
Swiss Chard are heavy feeders, follow these crops with legumes.

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
Fresh young chard can be used raw in salads. Mature chard leaves and stalks are typically cooked or sautéed; the bitterness fades with cooking, leaving a refined flavor which is more delicate than that of cooked spinach.

Personality

Family
Amaranthaceae
Flower colour
, Green
Scent
None

Problems

Red Rhubarb Swiss Chard is resistant to most plant diseases but may be bothered by pests such as slugs, snails, and caterpillars.

Companion plants

Strawberries, beetroot, brassicas, celery, sweet peppers, onions

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