Swiss Chard

Perpetual Swiss Chard

Perpetual Swiss Chard


50 days. Extremely resistant to bolting, so you can feast on these dark green succulent leaves and white stalks the entire summer. In zones 7 and higher, it can become a perennial and bear for several years. Grows to 20 inches the first year. Use raw in salads, steamed with other greens, or include in quiche or lasagna for a savory change of pace.

   Open Pollinated
Approximately 50 seeds per gram.
  • SW850/S
  • 3 grams
  • $2.95

  • SW850/P
  • 7 grams
  • $4.35

  • SW850/B
  • 1 oz
  • $6.95

  • SW850C1
  • 1/4 lb
  • $14.55

  • SW850C2
  • 1 lb
  • $28.95
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Soil Temp for Germ.Days to EmergenceSeed DepthThin Plants ToSeed SpacingRow SpacingMin. Germ.Seed LifeSeeds per gramFertilizer Needs
50-75°F5-171/2"10-16"2-3"18-24"75%2 years≈ 50Medium

Beta vulgaris, Cicla Group
Swiss chard is a vegetable that is in the same family as the common beet, however while the root of the beet is commonly eaten, it's the leaves of the Swiss chard that are consumed. Recent nutritional analysis has shown that Swiss chard is second only to spinach on the world's healthiest vegetable list. Packed with anthocyanins and fiber it's one of the most antioxidant rich foods as demonstrated in the vivid colors of the leaves.

Days to maturity are calculated from date of direct seeding.

• Swiss chard grows best in cool weather and overwinters in mild climates
• Apply 1 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer per 5 row feet, and 1 inch of compost
• Cover beds with row cover if temperatures are cool

Direct Sowing
• Sow mid-spring through summer
• Thin when plants reach a height of 3 inches

• Start indoors 3-4 weeks before anticipated transplant date
• Start June-July for transplanting July-August for a fall/winter crop

Insects & Diseases
Common insects: Aphids, leaf miners, flea beetles, and leaf hoppers
Insect control: Pick off affected leaves and check for eggs — spray with Neem oil, use silver mulch
Common diseases: Leaf spot
Disease prevention: 3-4 year crop rotation, remove debris

Harvest & Storage
• Harvest leaves from the outside, taking care not to damage the growing point
• Store at 36°F and 95% relative humidity
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Mar 22, 2014  |  By Erica
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Planted this last summer worried about our Midwestern heat. The Bright Lights did just as well and tasted better. I love chard stems and these are quite skinny. It grew well but I will stick with Bright Lights, Fordhook, and try Lyon this year.
Jan 19, 2014  |  By Francisco Delgado
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Truly easy to grow and heat tolerant, it survived our hot mexican summer and it still grew big, green and tasty :)