How to Grow Chard

Easy to grow & drought tolerant

Botanical Information

Taxonomy

Beta vulgaris

History

Physical Description

  • taprooted

Varieties & Cultivars

Categories or Types of Chard

Colors Available

  • Red
  • yellow
  • pink
  • purple
  • white
  • orange

Varieties to Grow

Growth Requirements

Climate & Temperature Requirements

Air Temperature

Soil Temperature

Humidity

Day Length or Light Requirements

Site Conditions Favored

Soil Requirements

Soil Texture

  • well-prepared with good drainage to allow roots to go deep

pH

Nutrient Requirements

  • add compost

Propagation

Methods of propagation

Seed

  • taproot doesn’t like to be disturbed, so if starting indoors, transplant promptly – or just direct-sow
  • 5-14 days to germination

Division

Cuttings

Transplanting or Potting Up

  • transplant promptly and carefully to not disturb the taproot

Seed Saving

Planting Out

plant out from April to mid-July

Bed Prep & Soil Amendments

Bed Spacing

Row Spacing

Planting Depth

  • 1/2″

Alternative Bed Methods

  • Biointensive spacing: 8″

Container Gardening

Routine Cultivation & Maintenance

Water Requirements

Fertilization Recommendations

Mulching & Weeding

Pinching or Pruning & Dividing

Support

Winterizing

Companion Planting

Helpful Companions

Harmful Companions

Companion to..

Pests, Diseases & Problems

Common Pests

Common Diseases

Symptoms

Whole Plant

Leaves

Stem/Trunk

Flowers

Fruit

Roots

Harvesting & Storage

Edible Parts of the Plant

Yield

  • 200-810 lbs per 100 sq ft

Days to Harvest / Harvest Timing

  • harvest for baby greens at any time
  • harvest for cooking when 10″ tall

Harvest Methods

  • harvest outer leaves for baby greens
  • cut plant 2″ from soil to allow regrowth

Storage of harvest

Fresh

Canned

Frozen

Pickled

Dried

Cooking

Nutritional Benefits & Values

Toxicity

Cooking

Preparation

Cooking Methods

Recipes (link to …/category/recipes/tag/Chard)

Resources

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