Smooth green leaves,
small stems-can be hard to tell from true spinach in looks or taste.
Frost and bolt resistant, needs water after a dry spell.
Popular in Europe, hard to find in the US. Perennial in zones 6 and above, or zone 5 if winter drainage is excellent.
BOTANICAL NAME: Beta vulgaris
May be started in flats or pots, but chard is taprooted, so transplant promptly or direct-sow. Thrives in any good garden soil. Will overwinter in zones 7 and above, so plan a separate place out of the normal garden rotation if you intend a more permanent planting. Prepare bed well and add compost. In 2 months, or when plants are 12-18" all, begin gently pulling off the outer leaves and new leaves will form, or cut plant 2" from soil and new will regrow.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION: ALL/Matures 7-8/Harvest up to 44 /Yield 200-810/ Spacing 8"
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION :Perennial, Easy to grow, tolerates winter cold, tolerates hot weather