Chard Stat Summary
Plant Spacing: 8-10" (203-254 mm)
Row Spacing: 18-24" (457-609 mm)
Planting Depth: 1/2" (12 mm)
Plants Per Person: 4
Soil Temperature: 60°F (16°C)
Days to Emergence: 7-10
Recommended Soil PH: 6.0-6.8
Earliest Outdoor Planting: Before Last Frost
Can direct seed outdoors
Chard grows in any soil, but prefers a sunny location in a well-drained soil that is rich in humus with a pH between 6.0 and 6.8. Direct sow 1 to 2 weeks before the last expected spring frost; plant seeds 1/2 inch deep, spaced every 4 inches. When Plants are 6 inches tall, thin to 8 to 10 inches.
Mulch plants to retain moisture and suppress weeds. To promote vigorous growth, at 4 weeks side dress chard with a light application of blood meal.
Harvesting and Storing Chard
Begin harvesting individual leaves when they reach 5 or 6 inches long. Break off the outer leaves at their base, taking care not to damage inner leaves; growth continues from the inner leaf area.
Chard Insect and Disease Information
Rarely bothered by insects or disease.
Chard Yield Information
No yield information for Chard.
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