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Swiss Chard: Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla var. flavescens 'Five Color Silverbeet'

Botanical name: Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla var. flavescens 'Five Color Silverbeet'

Common name: Swiss chard

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Sprite
created by:
gardengirl

Austin, Tx

at a glance

Soil: damp, acidic, sand
Sun:
  
Zones: 7a thru 11a
Care:
easy
Lifespan:
perennial
Category:   
Attributes:

edible

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description for "Swiss Chard: Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla var. flavescens 'Five Color Silverbeet'"

'Rainbow Chard' Swiss chard was offered by Thompson & Morgan, the English seed house that distributes in the U.S. from New Jersey, from 1970 through 1989, but then apparently lost the yellow and orange colors and dropped the mixture. After many years of searching, SSE discovered that our friends at Digger's Garden Club in Australia (where Swiss Schard is called Silverbeet) have been offering the true 'Five Color Silverbeet' (red, pink, white, yellow and orange) for about a decade. Seed Saving Instructions: Biennial. Swiss Chard will cross-pollinate with other varieties of Swiss Chard and also with beets, so isolate by 1/2 mile the second year when going to seed. Chard is fairly frost tolerant and will overwinter in mild climates if well mulched. In colder climates carefully dig in the fall before a hard frost, trim tops to 2" and store roots in sawdust, sand or leaves. Will store 4-6 months between 32-40 degrees Fahrenheit. Harvest seedheads when dry. -- edited by dtd pbcouchman

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