Swiss Chard Germination Information
How to Sow Swiss Chard:
This vigorous, biennial vegetable is related to the beet, however, it does not produce the thickened, edible root. Rather, it is grown for its leaves. The plants grow 12-18 inches tall with large, red or green, coarse, deeply crinkled, edible leaves and, in the plant’s second year, an edible flower stalk. The leaves can be harvested two months after sowing via the cut-and-come-again method. Cut the outer leaves off at the base and allow the inner leaves to continue growing. When the flower stalks appear in the second year, harvest the stalks before the flowers open.
About Swiss Chard:
Botanical name: Beta vulgaris
Pronunciation: be’tå vul-ga’ris
Origination: Chenopodiaceae; native to coastal Europe