Swiss chard is one of the easiest vegetables to grow. Ours has beautifully colored stems. Chard grows quickly and is naturally pest- and disease-resistant.
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Sowing time: April - Mid August Height: 30-50 cm Contents: 1 gram
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Chard germinates easily, grows quickly, and has no trouble with pests or snails. The plants get huge and you can harvest leaves all year long.
- Species name: Bright Lights
- Family: Leaf
- Plants per square patch: 4
- Height: 30 to 50 cm
- Sowing time: April to mid-August
- Sowing depth: 1 - 1.5 cm
- Seed time: 12 - 18°C in 5 - 12 days
- Time to harvest: After 7 weeks
- Sunlight: Can be grown in both sun and shade
Want to buy Chard seeds? We sell seed bags separately, or, you can get them as part of a seed pack:
What's so special about our Chard?
This Chard is easy to grow, hearty, and has a long harvest period. This variety also features beautiful colored stems: white, yellow, and red. So our Chard isn’t just easy to grow, it’s easy on the eyes too ;-).
Did I mention it’s also delicious? It is. You use the leaves like Spinach. The stems are also delicious, but take a little longer to cook.
Sowing and growing
Chard can be sown from early April to mid-August. You can sow the seeds in your raised bed or grow bag, no pre-sowing required. Four plants fit in a 30x30 cm square patch.
Chard seeds germinate easily and the plants grow quickly. You just have to water them, that’s it. Diseases and pests leave Chard pretty much alone.
You can start to harvest the leaves after about 7 weeks. Cut them a few centimeters off the soil line. Leave the center of the plant so new leaves will continue to grow from it.
You can keep harvesting until it starts to freeze. The plants can survive mild winters and grow again in the spring. The leaves remain harvestable until the Chard goes to flower. Then it’s time to say goodbye.
Step-by-step sowing and growing instructions are in the Planty Gardening app.
How do you use it?
Chard is often used as an alternative to Spinach. The flavor is similar: it tastes like a cross between Spinach and Beetroot leaves.
Young Chard leaves are delicious in salads or green smoothies. The older leaves and stems can be blanched, tossed in a stir-fry, or added to mashed potatoes.