Bétacarde Acelga Mangold
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.
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.
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.