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Question: 1052-4813
My chard is now two years old and has developed little plants growing out of the leaves. Is it best to plant them as single plants or plant the whole leaf as I have done in the greenhouse. The greenhouse does not have heat. Bill, Tulsa, OK

Mort's Answer:
Beta vulgaris cicia has been bred to develop large leaves and little fleshy root like the beet has. Second year plants are often not as sweet. Your pregnant chard has separate plantlets like the airplane plant. I would suggest that you allow the babies to grow attached to the mother plant and cut them off after they root in the soil as you have already done. Spacing would be easier (about six inches) on the new babies, if you divide them now.

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