Strange Swiss chard leaves

Been pottering about in the garden this morning and decided to have a look at the Swiss chard under the cloche. The reason for the cloche was because I thought the now cool night air might have been affecting the leaves.


Rainbow chard looking less than sparkling

As you can see in the picture above, though, the brown is still there. So, I did an internet search and basically came up with nada.

Swiss chard is relatively frost hardy (and honestly under the cloche it must be quite toasty); there is no evidence of leaf miners or any other pest; the plant can tolerate poor, dry soil and even shade (not that it’s in the shade in the middle of the garden). I am therefore duly puzzled.

Well, off to do a bit of chopping…. If the worst comes to the worst, I will do a winter sowing indoors (the most helpful piece of information to come from my internet search).

© Helen Butt, September 2014

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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6 Responses to Strange Swiss chard leaves

  1. lizard100 says:

    Odd. Chopping might help though.

  2. It looks like the chard got too hot in the cloche to me. The dried spots on the leaves makes me think that. Our chard is still doing great and we have had nights as cold as 4 C. I am still harvesting it and cooking with the fresh plants from outside. What I have read is that Chard grows in cold temperatures. That is what got me interested in growing it in the first place. My success could be beginners luck. I did fertilize it in the begining. It was slow to grow in the beginning. I worried it wouldnt thrive. Then it just went crazy. Give it a little more time.

  3. I don’t think it’s anything too bad to worry about. As you say chard is relatively problem free, maybe the sun has scorched the leaves especially if they were wet through condensation under the cloche? I know that it happens to my tomatoes quite often 🙂

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