Beta vulgaris var. cicla
Chard is part of the Beta (Beet) genus and its scientific name is Beta vulgaris var. cicla. The vulgaris part of this plant's botanical name means 'common'.
Sow like a beet, eat like a spinach. Biennial member of the beet family, with tender spinach-like leaves. Never bolts all summer.Chard grows as an annual and is an edible vegetable. Being an annual plant, it tends to grow best over the course of a single year. Chard is known for its erect habit and growing to a height of approximately 45.0 cm (1.46 feet). Popular varieties of Chard with home gardeners are Bright Lights, Rainbow, Fordhook Giant, Rhubarb Chard, and Ruby Red.
This plant tends to need a moderate amount of maintenance, so ensuring that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for Chard is quite important to ensure you have a happy and healthy plant.
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These plants have been known to grow well alongside Chard so consider planting:
These plants will not grow well with Chard so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Chard plants:
Snails love them
Swiss Chard, Perpetual Spinach, Silver beet, Mangold, Leaf beet
Misspellings: silverbeat, Spinach, Bettes suisses
19 Jan 2013
I pulled the chard. It lasted a lot longer than I ever expected, even through the heat of the summer. We didn’t eat much of it, but it grew well and I might try again.
06 Aug 2011
Definitely a cool crop. Started bolting when it got warm, though it lasted a month longer than the arugula. Decent flavor. Good, bug-resistant, strong stems. Keeps well after harvesting.
04 Aug 2011
This wonderful plant, has survived yet another Canberra winter. This last one went to MINUS 6!!! It’s looking good.
Who says this is an annual? It’s got LOTS of new leaves just great for salads, and making canelloni.