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    Default Growing Swiss Chard from season to season??

    Hello everyone,

    I still have 12 swiss chard plants growing very happily outdoor in my raised beds,
    can these plants continue to grow, or should they be replaced with new plants this season???

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    i think im right in saying that swiss chard is a perenial - so it comes back every year.

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    I leave mine to its own devices. Its just been knocked for six by the frost but I'm sure it will resprout. It self seeds if you leave it to flower too. If you want young tender leaves for salads it best to have young plants. If you're cooking the leaves it really doesn't matter how old the plant is..
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    I've been putting new ones in each year, leave them over winter and spring, then replace, but onyl because i keep moving them around the place.

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    Mine takes a battering over winter then picks up in spring.
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    Ooh I didn't know they're perennials... I might go nab a plant off the lottie next to mine that's become available. The last owners told me I could help myself, before they cleared off last weekend. Shame to see them go (and it made me want to move allotment!! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt94 View Post
    i think im right in saying that swiss chard is a perenial - so it comes back every year.
    No, it's a biennial. It grows in year one, then will bolt and seed in year two. However, it happily self-seeds, so if you let it go to seed you'll have chard forever

    Quote Originally Posted by SarrissUK View Post
    Ooh I didn't know they're perennials... I might go nab a plant off the lottie next to mine
    They don't transplant well: you'd get away with it with a small baby plant, but not a mature one

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    well in a way they come back every year - by self seeding! hahaha

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