Swiss Chard, Fantasia Orange
Swiss chard is a favorite leafy green to grow and can be grown year-round in Hawaii because it can handle the warmer and cooler temperatures. Some people like to grow multiple smaller plants and harvest younger leaves, while others like to grow a single plant and let it reach maturity. When given the proper space, swiss chard can get big, and typically one plant is enough to feed your family. Chard is very easy to grow, rarely bothered by pests or diseases making it a great fit for gardens in Hawaii.
This vibrant, carrot-orange, slow to bolt chard variety adds a beautiful texture and color to your gardens. Its orange stalks contrast uniquely against its dark green shiny leaves. It’ll even hold its color once cooked, making this a favorite with chefs.
Days to Maturity: 30 baby; 55 bunching
Plant size: 8-24” tall depending on how you space them
Plant spacing: 12” apart for mature plants, 4-8” apart for baby leaf harvest
Sun, soil, and water requirement: Chard can handle full sun to partial shade and prefers to live in well-draining soil with lots of organic compost. Chard enjoys one inch of water per week so water regularly if it doesn’t rain.
Harvesting: Swiss chard is part of the cut-and-come-again category, making it a perfect plant to harvest as needed. Cut the mature outer leaves first, just above the soil and new leaves will grow in from the center outward.
Culinary: Chard is commonly eaten fresh in salads or sautéed and added to veggie dishes. The leaves get big enough to also use as a wrap as a substitute for tortillas.
Nutrients: Swiss chard is very nutritious and just a small serving can cover your daily need for vitamins A, K, and C. It’s also a good source of calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, sodium, phosphorus, vitamin E and is low in calories.
Companion planting: Plant swiss chard near bush beans, carrots, lettuce, peas, tomato, radish, celery, brassica family: broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, bok choy, kale, kohlrabi, onion family: onion, leeks, scallions, shallots, and chives. Keep away from pole beans, herbs, potato, corn, cucumber, melons
** Pots and plants may vary from the picture depending on the size and maturity ordered. All plants have been carefully hardened off and are ready to be transplanted into their permanent garden home or pot once delivered.
** Growing details provided are general. Conditions will change depending on your location, elevation, climate, rainfall, and accessible sunlight.
** Nutritional information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.