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How to grow Swiss chard

How to grow Swiss chard


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How to grow Swiss chard: instructions tobeet cultivationribbed, cut or red root. From the period of sowing to cultivation in pots. Many useful tips.

Chard and red beets

Thebeets for cutting(or from ribs) and red beets, are different varieties of the speciesBeta vulgaris, of this species the most cultivated variety is undoubtedly the sugar beet which has high concentrations of sucrose. Sugar aside, on this page we will seehow to grow chard or chardwho have identical needs.

The instructions for thecultivation of red beetsare very similar, some things vary like the distance between rows and the space to devote to the plant, while the sowing period and needs are the same. Anyway, for more accuracy, for instructions onhow to grow red beetswe refer you to the guide dedicated to cultivation of red beets: red beets, cultivation.

Among the cut chard there are those with white ribs, yellow ribs and red ribs. Theclassic variety presentswhite and tender ribsand green leaves with a sweet taste. Of thechardin fact, both the leaves and the fleshy ribs can be consumed. Then there are the beets from leaves, of this variety, only the leaves to be harvested that are still tender (less than 20 cm) are consumed.

When to grow Swiss chard:period for sowing

In places in Italy with a mild climate, it is always a good time forsowing of beets. In the far north of Italy, the best period for sow chardruns from May to the end of June.

Therechard, from ribs as well as the red chard, you cansowall year round, except for the colder months. Ideally, you cangrow chardby running thesowingbetween March and mid-June.

For"Play it safe" and choose theperiodright for thesowingregardless of the month, take a look at the thermometer: you cansowwhen the soil temperatures have reached a minimum value of 8 - 9 ° C.

In the center-south, you cansoweven at the end of summer, keep in mind that fromsowingapproximately 90 days pass to harvest and that these plants can be sensitive to night frosts.

Green light in the round, for those who wantgrow chard in a greenhouse!

How to grow chard

Theresowingit can be broadcast or, in an orderly manner, on rows where you can sow and then perform a thinning operation. Again, you can sow in pots. It's possiblegrow chard in potsas long as you have large enough containers of a certain depth.

Therechard or leavesit is not very demanding. As stated, it can broadcast sowingor, the seeds are placed in the soil in rows, placing a couple of seeds for each hole from a depth of about 1.5 cm. Between one plant and another, just leave one spaced by about twenty centimeters, you need 30 cm of distance between one plant and another in the case ofchard from ribsvery fleshy.

Which variety to choose?
Variety is a very personal choice, to be made according to the preferences of your palate. On Amazon you can choose from a large number of varieties, for all the information you can take a look atThis Page.

If the soil is particularly arid, or if you have grown spinach, red beets or root beets on the same plot of land, it is important to dig deep and bury some mature manure. In fact, chard, in order to grow tender and fleshy, need a soil rich in nutrients and regular irrigation.

When to water chard?

It depends on the sowing period. For thebeet cultivationin spring and autumn, natural rainfall may suffice. Conversely, if you are growing Swiss chard in the summer or in pots, watering must be more frequent. The soil must never be dry.

How to grow beets in pots

Forgrow chard in pots, use a fertile soil, rich in organic matter and with a pH reaction of 6 - 7. At the bottom of the pot, prepare a layer of expanded clay to avoid water stagnation.


Video: Growing Transplanting Swiss Chard Indoors. Planting In the Garden (June 2022).