Also known as silverbeet, Swiss chard is a member of the beet family grown for its edible greens, which can be used in salads or even fried. Its tender leaves taste like spinach, and can be harvested continuously throughout the season.
We offer seeds for several colorful varieties – Bright Lights, Yellow Chard, Fordhook, Ruby Red Rhubarb, and Orange Chard.
WHEN TO SOW
SUN OR PART SHADE
SPACE AFTER THINNING
DAYS TO GERMINATE
DAYS TO MATURITY
Spring or fall where winters are mild
Sun/Part shade in summer
Soil and Fertilizing
It’s best to have your soil tested before planting, so you know what nutrients and pH adjustments may be needed to support your crop. For a thorough soil test, consult your local county extension office.
Plant after the last spring frost. The soil must be well-drained, and enriched with vegetable food. Feed every four weeks for best results.
Consistent moisture is important to Swiss chard, especially as the plants grow larger. Water every day.
Break or cut the outer leaves off at the base when they’re 6-8 inches wide. Pick and discard old or tough leaves and flower stalks. Avoid damaging the growing point in the center of the plant. If you plan to harvest whole plants, make succession plantings through late summer, so you won’t run out.
Swiss chard is a mid-summer green that grows well in heat, but will also last through fall’s first frosts.