Are you looking to add some leafy green vegetables to your garden plot? If so, consider growing chard (silverbeet). This guide provides everything you need to know about growing chard, from planting tips to harvesting advice. So, whether you are a beginner or experienced gardener, read on for all the information you need to grow beautiful chard plants!

Soil

What soil is good for Chard (Silverbeet)?

Prefers rich, moisture retentive soil with plenty of compost mixed in, however will grow well in any average soil. 

Position

How much sun does Chard (Silverbeet) need?

Full Sun to part shade.

Frost Tolerant

Is Chard (Silverbeet) frost tolerant?

Yes

Spacing

How much space does Chard (Silverbeet) need?

Roughly 30-35cm apart

Planting

When should I plant Chard (Silverbeet)?

Chard is a cool season crop. Seeds are best sown when daytime temperatures are between 10 and 24°C (50–75°F). Chard is generally planted in autumn or spring.  

If transplanting seedlings, plant out in the early morning or evening and/or on an overcast day. Avoid planting at peak sun times or on windy days, this will allow your plants to settle in comfortably and protect them from windburn and sunburn. 

Feeding

What do I feed Chard (Silverbeet)?

You can apply an organic fertiliser throughout the season, although Chard will grow well without too much fertiliser if the soil is prepared well. 

Harvesting

When can I harvest Chard (Silverbeet)?

Harvest the outer leaves once they reach a decent size and leave the center leaves to continue growing. Harvest by pulling the leaves off at the base.   

Pests

What pests does Chard (Silverbeet) get?

Aphids, Slugs, Snails, Flea Beetle

Diseases

What diseases does Chard (Silverbeet) get?

 Bacterial Soft Rot, Damping Off, Curly Top, Powdery Mildew

Troubleshooting

How do I troubleshoot my growing problems?

Although Silverbeet is technically a cool season crop, it will grow very well all year round (even in hot summers if planted in a part shade position). 

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