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BETA vulgaris ssp. cicla 'Argentata'
The mild, tender and delicious Swiss chard, 'Argentata', is a large-leaved heirloom with broad stems and huge dark green leaves that resists tasting bitter in summer's heat. Harvest can begin 60 days after seeding and leaves gathered all season long, though they taste best in spring and fall when days are cool and nights chilly. This is a taller variety that produces huge leaves so only a few mature leaves will make a meal. Harvest healthy, mature leaves by cutting them cleanly at the base.
Swiss chard is planted for its big crinkly leaves that can be eaten in salads, soups or simply steamed or sautéed. Usually grown as an annual, it is a true biennial. Unlike its cousin the beet, chard is not grown for its fleshy roots but for its large edible leaves and fleshy stems that can be harvested all season. If not pulled in the first year, plants will produce spikes of unimpressive flowers in the second.
This is an easy vegetable to grow. It prefers full sun and fertile, slightly alkaline garden soil. It is quite heat tolerant but flourishes in cooler seasons. In fact, the leaves may become bitter in extremely hot weather. Plants may be directly seeded or transplanted into the vegetable garden. Sow chard a few weeks before the last frost date in temperate zones and in the winter in warm, frost-free areas. Feed with a balanced fertilizer and water regularly.
12 - 1
6 - 10
A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m
1"-2" / 2.5cm - 5.1cm
Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
White, Green, Dark Green
Container, Edible, Herb / Vegetable
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