GB CULTURAL INFO: ALL/Matures 7-8/Harvest 44/Yield 200-810/Spacing 8"/
DAYS TO MAT: 50-60 days
SEEDS PER PACKET: 80
SOURCE CODE: O
APPROX GERM DAYS: 10-14
PLANTING DEPTH: 1/2"
WHEN TO PLANT: Early Spring, Summer, Fall in mild-winter areas
PACKET LABEL INSTRUCTIONS: May be started in flats or pots, but chard is taprooted, so transplant promptly or direct-sow. Easy to grow and drought-tolerant vegetable will produce best when well-prepared soil and good drainage allow its roots to go deep. Prefers a sunny place and is slow to bolt. Can be planted from Spring onwards. Two months after planting or when plants are 12-18" tall, begin gently pulling off the outer leaves and new leaves will form or cut plant 2" from soil and new will re-grow. Adequate moisture and fertility will make for more tender leaves.
BOTANICAL NAME: Beta vulgaris var. cicla
DESCRIPTION: Classic Swiss chard with huge dark green extra-glossy savoyed leaves and a broad silvery-white midrib which can be cooked separately. This one has proven most tolerant of drought and heat in our research garden.