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Help with chard plant

YnneadYnnead LondonPosts: 196
Hi I have had this chard plant for 2 years. The first year the leaves were big enough to harvest but after it flowered last year the leaves are much smaller. I did cut the flower spike off which might have been a bad idea.
Does anyone have any advice on how I can help it. I have been pretty bad and never fed it.

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,481
    edited April 2020
    Chard isn’t really a long term vegetable ... harvest leaves in its first year and the beginning of its second, but after it puts up a flower spike (or tries to) its life is pretty much over. I’d put it on the compost heap ... geg fresh compost and sow some more seeds. 😊 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • YnneadYnnead LondonPosts: 196
    Thanks for the advice. Oh got no more seeds lol. If I let it flower could I use the seeds it makes to grow more?
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,481
    edited April 2020
    I don’t think it’ll flower again ... it’s biennial so once it’s formed flowers and seeds its life is over. 


    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • YnneadYnnead LondonPosts: 196
    Thankyou dove. I will take the chard out and plant some sunflowers until I can get more seeds.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,481
    PM me your address ... I’ve got a few Swiss Chard seeds to spare ... Fordhook Giant ... bigger plants with thick white ribs tat you can eat separately with butter like asparagus. 😋 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







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