Pale green crumpled leaves provide for most of the growing season
Named after the Roman general Lucius Lucullus (pronounced "lu-kul-us") who was renowned for his splendid banquets. A good source of greens for much of the growing season. In mild winters a mulch placed around the base of the plants may allow plants to over winter. Foliage is pale green with heavily crumpled leaves.Chenopodiaceae Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla
Chard is a type of Beet that is grown for its edible foliage. A cool weather crop, it is undemanding and easy to grow.
- Ease of Growing
- Grown as
- Days to Maturity
- 50-60 (Spring/Summer), 55-65 (Fall/Winter)
- Growing Habit
Very hardy, it will continue to grow through the winter in mild climates and can be frost tolerant.
- Spring Transplant, Spring, Fall Transplant, Fall
- Growing Season
- Short, Long
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
- Cold, Cool
Chard is one of the most shade tolerant of common crops, so can be grown underneath taller crops (in hot climates it may even benefit from this). In cool climates it should have full sun for maximum production of foliage.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 40°F - 75°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
Chard will germinate at 40 degrees but it will take 6 weeks. A more practical temperature for planting outdoors is 50 degrees.
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
- Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Cold, Cool)
In cool climates it needs full sun for maximum production of foliage.
Chard is relatively drought tolerant as a plant, though for highest quality and yields it should be well supplied with water.
Chard is a fairly hungry plant and will be most productive in a fertile soil.
- Tolerates light frost, Needs summer shade
- Small Gardens?
Chard does quite well in containers. Choose a pot with a depth of 8 - 12" and fill with a mixture of potting soil and compost. Make sure your pot has adequate drainage by choosing one with drainage holes. Water thoroughly and place in full sun. Make sure to keep the soil moist.
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Shiny green leaves with silvery-white midribs
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile
Mild, mellow-tasting greens with crunchy stalks.