If there is a horticultural plant with a delicious flavor, decorative, and that also requires very low maintenance, this is undoubtedly the Swiss chard . This herbaceous plant is ideal for orchards where rainfall is scarce, since with very little water they are satisfied.
Don’t know how to grow chard ? Here you will find the answer.
Swiss chard, whose scientific name is Beta vulgaris var. cicla , is 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 soil with a great tendency to compact, the chard will not care. And, by the way, it does not need fertilizers either: with the nutrients it absorbs from the soil it will be enough for it to have a good development; although, of course, it can be fertilized with any natural fertilizer , such as earthworm humus or horse manure.
Whether it is seedbeds or seedlings, it is convenient to locate them in an area where there is a lot of light , but 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 can withstand several days of drought, at such an early age they need to have a slightly moist substrate. On the other hand, if they are plants that begin to have large leaves, they can be placed in direct sunlight, little by little. Plant them at a minimum distance of 20cm between one and the other , so that they can take out a greater number of leaves, which will be ready to be harvested approximately 60 days after planting.
These delicious horticultural plants need protection against the cold , as they cannot tolerate temperatures below 4 degrees below zero. But this should not worry you: place your seedbeds inside a greenhouse -or at home- and continue taking care of your seeds.
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