Perpetual Spinach

Perpetual Spinach Chard

(55 days) Open-pollinated. Also called Leaf Beet. Thanks to Pam Dawling for suggesting we add this member of the chard family. Leaf beet should be cultured like any other chard variety. It looks similar to other swiss chards, but its stems are thinner and its exceptionally tender leaves are smoother, not puckered. It tastes unlike any other chard, imparting a spinach-like flavor that lingers pleasantly. Unlike spinach, Perpetual lasts through summer into fall as it withstands light and moderate frosts. Production from June to October, reports one central-Vermont grower.


3034 Perpetual Spinach
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Price
A: 1/16oz for $1.40  
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B: 1/8oz for $2.00  
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C: 1/2oz for $3.00  
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D: 1oz for $5.00  
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E: 4oz for $10.00  
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K: 1lb for $28.00  
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Additional Information

Chard

Beta vulgaris (cicla group)

800–2,000 seeds/oz. 116 oz packet sows 5–13 ft; 1 oz plants 80–200 ft.

Culture: Hardy and easy to grow. Direct seed 2" apart. Same species as beets. Salzer’s 1915 catalog opines, “Swiss chard produces more food for the table than almost any other vegetable and it also requires less care; it yields a constant crop from July to winter.” Plants will grow quite large. Space according to use—can be direct-seeded 2" apart for baby-leaf harvest; thin to 12–16" apart for large leaves. Soften thick ribs of chard, beets and other greens by braising. Also used for microgreens.

Minimum germination temperature 40°, optimum range 50–85°.

Greens

Days to maturity are from direct seeding.

Culture: When to harvest greens? Research from trials conducted in England and Kenya showed looseleaf lettuce, red chard and arugula harvested in the evening had a longer shelf life than when picked in the morning.