How to grow chard


If there is a horticultural plant with a delicious, decorative flavor, and that also requires very low maintenance, this is undoubtedly the chard. This herbaceous plant is ideal for orchards where rainfall is scarce, since with very little water they are formed.

You do not know how to grow chard? Here you will find the answer.

Swiss chard plantation

Chard, whose scientific name is Beta vulgaris var. cycle, is native to the Mediterranean region. It is an annual herbaceous plant that germinates when the temperature is between 15 and 30 degrees, that is, during spring and summer. It has a very fast growth; so much so that its leaves can be harvested in just two months.

It is not very demanding in terms of soil type, but it will develop better in those that are calcareous. I can even tell you that, if it is a land with a lot of tendency to compact, the chard will not mind. And, by the way, it does not need fertilizers either: with the nutrients it absorbs from the soil it will be enough to have a good development; although, of course, can be paid with any natural fertilizer, such as worm castings or horse manure.


Whether it is seedbeds or schools, it is convenient to place them in an area where there is a lot of light, but without being directly exposed. Excess sunlight can harm them while they are so young, especially if the environment is very hot and dry. Although I can tell you that they endure several days of drought, at such an early age they need to have a slightly damp substrate. On the other hand, if they are plants that begin to have large leaves, they can be put in direct sunlight, little by little. Plant them at a distance of at least 20cm from one to the other, so that they can remove a greater number of leaves, which will be ready to be collected approximately 60 days after sowing.

These delicious horticultural plants need protection from the cold, as they do not support temperatures below 4 degrees below zero. But this should not worry you: place your seedlings inside a greenhouse -or at home- and continue taking care of your seeds.

Do you dare to grow chard?

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  1.   Ingrid Ochoa said

    Hello, I have a chard in a pot, many leaves come out but they do not grow, they reach about 10 cm and then they begin to turn yellow and dry. What do you recommend me to do to solve this problem? Thanks!

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Ingrid.
      Do you have it put in a place that gives it direct sunlight? Swiss chard grows in places like this, exposed to the sun's rays throughout the day.
      As for watering, you have to water them little: 2 or 3 times a week.
      If it still does not improve, write to us again and we will find another solution.
      A greeting.

  2.   Lidys said

    Friend, how do I plant chard, is it by seed or is there another way?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Lidys.
      Swiss chard multiply by seed in spring 🙂
      A greeting.