What are the pros? easy, pretty, permanent
What are the cons? too much to eat.
I grow Flamingo Chard year round in my unheated greenhouse. It has combined with Five Color Silverbeet into a sort of land race but you can still pick out the plants that are true to type for Flamingo, as well as occasional Fordhooks, although most are thin stemmed pinkish plants and some thicker all green types. The lovely coloration of the midribs and the thick texture of the slightly more apple green and less savoyed leaves always jumps out, and I'm sure if I rogued out everything else I could clean up the strain again, but the heavy seed production gives me a thick carpet of very pretty microgreens in early spring (greenhouse) followed by a nice bed of salad greens. Progressive thinning leaves me with an abundant source of almost perennial greens, as they will come back from the root under these conditions. Only pest is spider mite, if too hot and dry.
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