Swiss Chard

Instructions:

  • Transplant
  • Mid September –mid October seeding
  • Unheated tunnel;
  • 4 inches between plants, 2 rows per bed

Insect Pests:

  • Aphids
  • Springtails
  • Lygus bugs

Diseases:

  • Ramularia Leaf Spot
  • Rhizotoctonia basal petiole and crown infection

Harvest:

  • Bright Lights
  • Harvest when plant is mature and outer leaves can be harvested, leaving inner leaves for future harvests
  • Best is time to harvest is in the morning, similar to most greens

Post-Harvest:

  • Wash in two bins with water, one for a wash and the other to rinse
  • Cooling starts with the washing process. Can be top-iced for transport
  • Optimal storage temperature 32°-34°F, 95-100% Relative Humidity

 

Year Variety Date Planted Date Harvested Days to Harvest Yield (lbs/sq. ft)
2015 Bright Lights 9/24/15 2/3/16 132
2016 Bright Lights
 
 

 

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