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Growing Swiss Chard & Leaf Beet


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Below are general guidelines for growing Swiss chard & leaf beet, including plant height to enable you to plan exactly where to place them when growing amongst other plants.


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Plant Height

Up to 45cm/18" 

Time between sowing and harvesting

12 weeks

Where to Sow

Outdoors in open ground or containers

Sowing time

April  - temperature   +12C/54F. 

How to Sow

2.5cm/1" deep, 10cm/4" apart -  in rows 30cm/12" apart or in groups/blocks.

After Germination

When the plants are large enough to handle, thin to 20cm/8" apart

Growing on -  in Pots

Keep weed free and well watered

Growing on- in ground

Thin to 30cm/12" apart. Keep weed free and well watered


Keep weed free and well watered. Remove any flower heads which may appear although this is unlikely.


Swiss Chard - start harvesting a few leaves with their  stalks from each plant when they have  reached a suitable size (about 20cm/8")  Harvest outer leaves leaving central foliage to develop.


Leaf/Spinach beet - Start harvesting a few leaves from each plant when they have  grown to about 10cm/4". Harvest outer leaves leaving central foliage to develop.

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