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Beta vulgaris 'Charlotte'

Swiss chard

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Plant type


Flower colour



Colourful new growth, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


Beta vulgaris 'Charlotte'

Plant details

An attractive plant for the vegetable patch or potager, producing bright red stems and large, red-veined leaves. It tastes delicious when the fresh leaves are eaten young in a salad. Swiss chard is easy to grow from seed and makes a colourful addition to any garden. Sow the seeds in the greenhouse or under cloches in March. Sow outdoors in April into shallow drills. When harvesting, remove the outer leaves and save the younger, central ones to pick later.

Family: Chenopodiaceae

Genus: Beta

Species: vulgaris

Cultivar: Charlotte

Plant type: Biennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Dark green, Mid-green

Feature: Colourful new growth, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 45cm

Spread: 23cm

Time to plant seeds: April to August

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