How to Grow Chard


  • Sowing Instructions
  • How to Transplant
  • Crop Maintenance
  • How to Harvest

Sowing Instructions

  • Sowing Time: Sow indoors under cover in mid Spring
  • Can be sown in late Summer for Winter greens
  • Sowing Location: Indoors, thin & then transplant out later
  • Sow in 24 cell seed trays, 3 to 5 seeds per tray, thin later
  • Can be sown directly outside in late Spring
  • Sowing Depth: 1 inch (2.5cm)
  • Using potting compost, soak compost & then sow seeds
  • Cover lightly with compost
  • Position in a bright, frost free location
  • Keep moist

How to Transplant

  • Thin 2 weeks after germination to one seedling per cell
  • Once large enough to handle you can transplant out into the garden
  • Harden off your seedlings first. Place out during the day for a week before planting out
  • Space 30cm apart
  • Soil: A fertile soil which is high in nitrogen is best

Crop Maintenance

  • Chard benefits from a nitrogen rich soil, add fertiliser before transplanting out
  • Thining out: Thin to 30cm between plants
  • Keep weeded & moist at all times
  • If growing for Winter greens, cover rows of crops with cloche, mini tunnel or fleece tunnel
  • Protect seedlings from slugs

How to Harvest

  • Can be grown as a cut & come again crop
  • Harvest once foliage is 10cm tall
  • Cut away leaves at base
  • Give plants time to recover
  • Can be harvested again

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