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BETA vulgaris ssp. cicla 'Italian Silver Rib'
Italian Silver Rib Swiss Chard, Swiss Chard
The pleasantly mild leaves and ribs of 'Italian Silver Rib' are mellow and delicious. This large-leaved Italian heirloom Swiss chard has wide, flat, white stems and tapered, crinkly, dark green leaves. Harvest can begin about 65 days after sowing and continue all season long, though they taste best in spring and fall when days are cool and nights chilly. Harvest healthy, mature, glossy 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 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 long. If not pulled in the first year, plants will produce spikes of unimpressive flowers in the second year. These produce lots of seed that can be collected and replanted.
Chard is an easy vegetable to grow. It needs full sun and fertile, slightly alkaline garden soil. It is quite heat tolerant but grows best in cooler seasons. In fact, the leaves become bitter tasting in extremely hot weather. Plants may be directly seeded or transplanted as seedlings 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.
Italian Silver Rib Swiss chard is pretty enough to be planted as a bedding plant but is best-suited as a vegetable crop.
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
10"-18" / 25.4cm - 45.7cm
12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm
Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
White, Dark Green
Bedding Plant, Container, Edible, Herb / Vegetable, Mixed Border
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