leaf beet 'Rhubarb Chard'

leaf beet or Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla var. flavescens 'Rhubarb Chard'

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Buy leaf beet 'Rhubarb Chard' leaf beet or Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla var. flavescens 'Rhubarb Chard': Purple-tinged leaves with crimson midribs

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: any, except waterlogged soils

    A big, sturdy, handsome plant forming clumps of purple-tinged leaves with vivid crimson midribs that glow in sunshine. The taste is rich and earthy – like a cross between beetroot and spinach. Pick leaves young and eat raw for a colourful salad ingredient, or cook leaves and midribs separately as a dual-purpose side vegetable. The midribs make a tasty (and colourful) substitute for celery in cooking.

  • Growing Instructions:In spring, make a drill 2cm deep and sow seeds about 20cm apart. Cover lightly with soil and water in. Seeds can produce multiple seedlings, so thin to leave one plant to mature at each spot. Leaf beet can also be grown in containers: sow direct into the compost allowing about four seeds to a 45cm pot.

  • Sow: March to June

  • Harvest: June to October

  • Approximate quantity: 100 seeds.

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Fabulous colourful plant


Planted one row seedlings & one row seeds at beginning of April no discernible difference both cropping well still,in November. The slightly bitter taste takes getting used to but is fabulous in soups & stir fries, especially with ginger. Worth growing for it's colour alone !!??


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