(Beta vulgaris) A beautiful chard that produces delicious greens while pretty enough to use as an ornamental. Excellent choice for edible landscaping.
Stalks can be enjoyed like celery and grow in brilliant hues of yellow, orange, pink, red, and white. Dark green leaves top them off with deep red veins.
Delicious stir fried or as steamed greens. Good spinach substitute.
Also known as Bright Lights or Five Color Silverbeet Chard.
|Germination Temperature||Planting Depth||Days to Germination||Plant Spacing||Row Spacing||Sun|
|55-65||1/2"||5-7||8"||18"||Partial to Full|
Sow outside 1-2 weeks before average last frost. Sow up to 2 months before first fall frost.
Swiss chard makes a great alternative to spinach, especially in the summer months which spinach will tend to bolt. Makes a striking ornamental plant and is great for use in edible landscaping.
You can plant Swiss Chard in the shadier parts of your garden, and where the soil is the poorest. Swiss chard is not too picky, but it doesn't like a soil that is too acidic. A soil of around 6.5 - 6.8 is ideal.
To minimize the bitter mid-summer taste, make sure the plants get plenty of water.
Once the plant is at least 10” tall, harvest leaves as needed from the outside of the plant. More inner leaves will continue to grow. Young, tender leaves are great for salads when harvested at about 2”-3”.