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Lucullus Chard Seeds

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Lucullus Chard (50 days)

Introduced about 1914

1936 James Seed Co. says... "Lucullus Chard grows as large as rhubarb, the white midrib is very broad and heavy, and the leaf is heavily crumpled or "Savoyed."

The midrib and leaf are each cooked as separate vegetables; the midrib is compared to asparagus, while the leaf is a substitute for spinach.

This plant is also used extensively by the poultryman and farmer, experiments proving it to be excellent poultry, hog and dairy cattle food.

Plant early in drills not less than 20 inches apart, thinning the plants to not less than 12 inches. For very heavy growth the plants should be 30 inches apart each way."

Lucullus Chard is Recommended by the Following State Universities or Ag Extension Offices as a variety that performs well for their region.  FL, IL, TX


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1/2" 55-60 55-65 5-7 18" 8" 200 lb. Full

Beta vulgaris

Planting Tips for Heirloom Chard:

Heirloom chard is a leafy vegetable that makes a good alternative to spinach. Growing heirloom chard can be easier than growing spinach as it is better able to withstand higher/lower temperatures and droughts. As well as its value as a food crop Swiss Chard also has a very striking value as an ornamental plant and many times it appears in a gardens ornamental borders or ornamental pots. Heirloom chard is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals.

Preparation:  Turn over the soil and dig in some well composted manure a number of weeks before sowing. This will help soil moisture retention and soil aeration. Make sure to break up any large clods of soil with your fork and rake the soil to obtain a fine soil structure in which to plant your Chard seeds.

Sowing:  Heirloom chard is normally sown directly into the soil.  Sow the Chard seed in rows around 45cm apart and about 5 cm apart. The seeds should be sown at around 1/2" depth. The plants will need thinning.  If left until around 8" in height before thinning then the thinned plants can be treated like an early harvest and the young leaves will be extremely tender and tasty. Chard doesn't like a soil that is too acidic, an acidic soil will stunt growth. Chard grows well in a soil of around 6.5 - 6.8.

Seeding Rate for Heirloom Chard:

150,000 plants/acre, aproximately 5 lb.

Heirloom seeds are hardy but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture - not letting the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely or overwatering and possibly having them rot.


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