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PlantFiles: Swiss Chard
Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla 'Rhubarb Chard'

Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Beta (BET-uh) (Info)
Species: vulgaris subsp. cicla
Cultivar: Rhubarb Chard
Additional cultivar information: (aka Ruby Chard)

Synonym:Beta vulgaris var. cicla

5 vendors have this plant for sale.

6 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Suny_Freebird On Apr 26, 2013, Suny_Freebird from Cedar Bluff, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have been growing Swiss Chard for two years and noticed today it is bolting. Other than harvesting the seed or having more plants self seed, is there any reason I cannot cut off the seed heads? Will it hurt the plant or affect its cycle. I grow the chard for beauty and to eat, and I feed it to my fish as well.

Positive mlloyd51 On Jan 10, 2010, mlloyd51 from Pflugerville, TX wrote:

I planted swiss chard outside in my garden in March 2009 from seed. It grew quickly and produced strong leaves. No problem with the over 100 degree temperatures here in Central Texas for months this summer. I cut leaves as I needed them for salad and steaming and the same plants are still in my garden (Jan. 2010) and have only just wilted this past week when we had temperatures below 20 degrees at night. They don't look dead, so I'll see if they come back when it warms up a bit.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 2, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

First offered to U.S. gardeners in 1857. Re-selected by Dr. John Navazio.

Positive Michaelp On Feb 6, 2004, Michaelp from Glendale, UT (Zone 5a) wrote:

In my garden this variety was the most productive after Fordhook-the red veins in the dark green leaf,add nice color to salad. I like the red stems in salad as well. Swiss Chard is also nice steamed,stir-fried,or added to stews and soups.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Cedar Bluff, Alabama
Clovis, California
Mountain View, California
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Sumter, South Carolina
Houston, Texas
Pflugerville, Texas
Concrete, Washington
Gig Harbor, Washington

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