Bright Lights Swiss Chard Guide

Who would think chards and beets come from the same family? Either way these rainbow beauties are laden with nutrients, vitamin A, C, K and make a great side or a delicious addition to soups, stews, salads, casseroles, and quiches.

TO SOW

Swiss chards grow well in a wide range of temperatures between 40°F-95°F. They do great in containers and gardens. Bank on Seeds recommends direct seeding.

If Direct Seeding

  • Direct seed outside 2 weeks before last frost date; or
  • Direct seed into a container 8-10 inches deep and wide anytime of the year. It can be placed outside when the temperature is between 40°F-95°F; or

If Transplanting

Begin the growing season early and start the chard seeds indoors in pods 4 weeks before the last frost date; germination is best between 65°F-80°F. It can be transplanted outside 4 weeks later.

Sow 2 seeds ½ inch deep and 4 inches apart with rows spaced 8-12 inches apart. Germination will take 5-10 days.

Thin the seedlings to 8 inches apart if they start competing for space or light.

TO GROW

Swiss chard likes well-draining soil rich in compost. They also love full sun and regular watering. Water every week in the first 4 weeks. Once established, water moderately, letting the soil dry before watering again – check the top 2-3 inches and if dry, then water the soil.

Option to add aged compost onto the top layer of soil or mix into the soil for continued nutrition for the plants. 5-10-10 fertilizer can be applied every 3-4 weeks but is not necessary.

TO REAP

Bright Lights swiss chard is full grown (mature) in 30-45 days. Pick the leaves as needed to use fresh or cut stems and bundle them upside down to be used dried. More leaves will continue growing in its place.

PESTS/DISEASES

Aphids, cutworms, cabbage looper and worms, flea beetles, slugs – handpick, neem oil, insecticidal soap, companion plant or spray with pesticide containing Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt)

Downy mildew, damping off - do not water from overhead, keep free of weeds, ensure enough air circulation, cut off affected parts, fungicide, neem oil, rotate crop every 3 years

*Companion plant swiss chards with beans, cabbages, kale, cauliflower, thyme, and onions. Avoid planting with most other herbs, corn, cucumbers, and melons. * 


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