Grow & Care - Swiss Chard
||Full sun (at least six hours a day)
||Semi-hardy - plant a week or two before the expected date of last frost
|Acidity (pH) Tolerance
||6.8 to 6.0 pH
|Salinity (Ec) Tolerance
||Biennial grown as an annual
Use an all purpose fertilizer at the time of planting. Animal manures and compost should be added to the soil when possible.
Regular irrigation. Keep soil moist, but avoid overwatering. Do not let plants wilt.
Plant Development and Care
Chard plants will germinate in cool soils (32° to 40° F) and grow quickly in these conditions.
Spinach should not be subjected to wet, dry, wet, dry soil cycles. Keep soil moist, but not soggy.
Chard should be picked when greens are young, tender and mild flavored. Begin cutting greens when they are about 2" tall. Cut entire clump at soil level when it has reached full size.
Germination Time (Days)
At soil temperatures:
42 day at 41° F
17 day at 50° F
10 day at 59° F
6 days at 68° F
Seed Germination and Temperature Range
Common Fertilizer Deficiencies