Swiss Chard

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Beta vulgaris

Bétacarde   Acelga   Mangold

swisschardCrop Rotation Group :Chenopodiaceae (Beet family)

Soil :Rich, well drained soil that holds moisture well.

Position : Sun or partial afternoon shade.

Frost tolerant : Yes. With mulch, plants are hardy to about 20°F.


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 Plantation

Sow and Plant :Sow direct into the ground in mid spring, and again in late summer for a fall crop. Sow seeds 4 inches apart, and thin to proper spacing. Can be started indoors if the roots are not disturbed as seedlings are transplanted.

Germination:  days

Spacing :Single Plants: 1′ 1″ (35cm) each way; rows: 11″ (30cm) with 1′ 3″ (40cm) row gap

Feeding : Not usually required is a mulch is used to keep soil moist.


Harvesting :Twist leaves from the outside of the plant regularly from mid summer onwards. Plants regrow when cut back to 3 inches.

Yield per 10ft of row: 12lbs

Time to harvest: 60-75days


Troubleshooting :Cutworms can girdle seedlings, so be watchful when growing chard in spots recently vacated by grass.

Notes :Swiss chard is so beautiful that it should be grown where it is easily seen. A great vegetable for edible ornamental beds.