What is Hardy Biennial?
A plant that completes its entire life cycle in two years, growing in the first year and reproducing and dying in the second. Capable of withstanding outdoor winter temperatures down to -15C.
This exciting Swiss chard, produces a rainbow of coloured stems that are crowned with large leaves of green or bronze. The flavour is deliciously mild and packed with nutritional content. Swiss Chard 'Bright Lights' can be harvested from late autumn to early spring from an autumn planting! Guaranteed lo brighten the vegetable patch, or why not grow this colourful swiss chard cultivar in ornamental borders. Height: 50cm (20"). Spread: 30cm (12").
T&M's easy starter plants are expertly grown, taking away all of the worry of raising your own. Delivered ready for planting so that you can enjoy bigger, earlier and tastier vegetables. Our quality vegetable plants will be despatched at the correct time for planting.Please note: Delivery is subject to plant size, adverse growing conditions during production may delay despatch schedules.
T&M's easy starter plants are delivered ready for planting at the correct time so that you can enjoy bigger, earlier and tastier vegetables. Gradually acclimatise leaf beet to outdoor conditions over a period of 7 to 10 days prior to planting outdoors. Grow Swiss chard in firm, rich fertile, well drained soil in sun or semi shade. Prepare the soil in early spring by adding plenty of well rotted farmyard manure to the soil to improve its structure and fertility. Plant leaf beet at a distance of 30cm (12") apart, and water thoroughly after planting. Cover with a protective netting or fleece to prevent attack from birds and insects.
Swiss chard is easy to grow and requires little aftercare. Water when necessary and hoe between plants regularly to prevent weeds from establishing. Leaf beet will also appreciate an application of a high nitrogen fertiliser during the growing season. Leaf beet can be harvested from July by picking a few leaves at a time, snapping them off near the base of the plant. Alternatively, cut the entire plant back to 2.5cm (1") above ground level and new leaves will shoot from the base. Harvest leaf beet when it is required as the leaves do not store for long, unless they are frozen. Culinary note: Leaf beet can be frozen.
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