Why Did My Chard Bolt: What To Do With Bolted Chard Plants

By October 23, 2017Articles

Why Did My Chard Bolt: What To Do With Bolted Chard Plants

By Mary Ellen Ellis Chard is a great addition to any vegetable garden. Not only is it pretty, but the leaves are tasty, versatile, and very good for you. Grown in the cooler seasons, chard typically won’t bolt in summer. If you do have bolting chard plants, all is not lost. Why Did My Chard Bolt? Bolting occurs when a vegetable or herb starts to rapidly produce flowers, and this typically makes it inedible. A common cause of bolting is heat. Generally speaking, chard is a plant that does not bolt in the heat of summer, but it can happen. Ruby red and Rhubarb varieties are more inclined to bolt, and they may do it if they were exposed to frost by being planted too early. Always plant your chard after the last frost for this reason. You can also prevent chard plant bolting by protecting your plants from heat

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