If there is a horticultural plant with a delicious, decorative flavor, and that also requires very low maintenance, this is undoubtedly the chard. This herbaceous plant is ideal for orchards where rainfall is scarce, since with very little water they are formed.
You do not know how to grow chard? Here you will find the answer.
Chard, whose scientific name is Beta vulgaris var. cycleis native to the Mediterranean region. It is an annual herbaceous plant that germinates when the temperature is between 15 and 30 degrees, that is, during spring and summer. It has a very fast growth; so much so that its leaves can be harvested in just two months.
It is not very demanding in terms of soil type, but it will develop better in those that are calcareous. I can even tell you that, if it is a land with a lot of tendency to compact, the chard will not mind. And, by the way, it does not need fertilizers either: with the nutrients it absorbs from the soil it will be enough to have a good development; although, of course, can be paid with any natural fertilizersuch as worm castings or horse manure.
Whether it is seedbeds or schools, it is convenient to place them in an area where there is a lot of lightbut without being directly exposed. Excess sunlight can harm them while they are so young, especially if the environment is very hot and dry. Although I can tell you that they endure several days of drought, at such an early age they need to have a slightly damp substrate. On the other hand, if they are plants that begin to have large leaves, they can be put in direct sunlight, little by little. Plant them at a distance of at least 20cm from one to the otherso that they can remove a greater number of leaves, which will be ready to be collected approximately 60 days after sowing.
These delicious horticultural plants need protection from the coldas they do not support temperatures below 4 degrees below zero. But this should not worry you: place your seedlings inside a greenhouse -or at home- and continue taking care of your seeds.
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