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Grow & Care - Swiss Chard





Fast Facts




Light Requirements Full sun (at least six hours a day)
Temperature Adaptations 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 4.0
How Pollinated Wind
Growth Habits Biennial grown as an annual


Additional Information



Fertilizer Requirements

Use an all purpose fertilizer at the time of planting. Animal manures and compost should be added to the soil when possible.

Water Utilization

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

60 F

Common Fertilizer Deficiencies





Swiss Chard

Tips

A second crop can be planted in late summer for fall harvest.

 

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