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Botanical names:
Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla Accepted
Beta vulgaris var. cicla Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Biennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Uses: Vegetable
Salad greens
Cooked greens
Suitable as Annual
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

Courtesy Sustainable Seed Company

Swiss Chard for Spring PlantingSwiss Chard for Spring Planting
By SongofJoy on March 20, 2012

This green leafy vegetable has to be one of my all-time favorites for a number of good reasons. If you've never tried growing it, there's no time like the present. It's perfect for spring planting, amazingly easy to grow, and very resilient.

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Posted by wildflowers (North East Texas - Zone 7b) on Jan 4, 2014 4:12 PM

I tried this variety because it is said to tolerate heat. It has lived up to its expectations as a very hardy variety. Not only has it survived our heat, growing in full sun, it's still thriving in the cold of winter. With temps at night down in the 20's and 30's, I'm still harvesting plants in my garden without any protection from the elements. On top of being so hardy, it's very tender and juicy and has a great flavor. Both stems and leaves are great raw and cooked.

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Posted by sallyg (central Maryland) on May 21, 2021 5:45 PM

This chard grew well for me in 2020 as a spring crop and lasted all winter, it looked a bit crinkly starting to grow again in spring but that went away. In its second spring I got the giant leaves but also some are bolting. Still, I am getting enough off a dozen or 15 plants to make a meal, and it is tender and tastes fine. I have started more seed in case the bolting kills that crop.

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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 22, 2013 2:26 PM

Last year I grew Bright Lights Swiss Chard, but I didn't like the flavor that much, so this year I tried growing the Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard. I grew my own from seed as it was very easy to germinate. I believe the Fordhook Giant has the best flavor.

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