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Leaf Beet Swiss Chard
Leaf Beet seeds - Swiss Chard is also sometimes called Seakale beat. It produces a bushy plant with glossy dark leaves and a thick white rib. Use the deep green leaves in place of spinach. The white mid-ribs are delicious when cooked like asparagus. Pick young leaves regularly for constant cropping. The overall size this plant reaches is 45-50cm tall.
Product Part Number: 10516
When to sow
When to Sow Swiss Chard Seeds
March to July. Germination takes 7-14 days.
Where to Sow
Sow direct in a well prepared, moist, fertile growing site in full sun or partial shade. Sow seeds thinly at a depth of 2cm (3/4") in drills 35-40cm (14-16") apart.
What to do Next
As seedlings appear, gradually thin until 20cm (8in) apart. Leaves are best harvested by pulling rather than cutting.
June to October
Ideal for stir-fry cooking. Add a teaspoon of lemon juice to the water when boiling the stalks to preserve the white colour.
Rich in Beta carotene, calcium, iron and folic acid.