A stunning looking plant! The leaves resemble rhubarb in both shape and the colour being dark green, slightly crumpled and veined crimson. The ribs are narrow but fleshy with the main stems being a bright red. Rhubard chard is great to eat and makes a dandy ornamental too!
How to Grow
Chard grows best in well drained soils with a pH of 6.5 to 7.5. Sow seed about 1- 2 cm (1/2-3/4″) deep and 2.5 cm (1″) apart in rows 45 cm (18″) apart starting in mid spring. Sowing every two weeks until early summer will ensure continuous supply. Gradually thin out to 10 cm (4″) apart using the thinnings as baby greens. Harvest outer leaves first by cutting at the base of the stem then working towards the centre as you go. One packet sows approximately a 6 m (20’) row.