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Growing Silverbeet, also Swiss Chard or Mangold

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Silverbeet in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 6 - 12 inches apart
  • Harvest in 7-12 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Beans, brassica sp. (cabbage, cauliflower, etc), tomato, allium sp. (onion, garlic, chives), lavender, parsnip
  • Avoid growing close to: Corn, melon, cucurbit (cucumbers, squash, melons, gourds), most herbs, potato.
  • Multi-coloured variety
    Multi-coloured variety
  • Silverbeet
    Silverbeet

Edible dark green glossy leaves with wide white or cream stalks produced over a long period. Some varieties have red, yellow or orange stalks. They are all edible. Both leaves and stalks are eaten. This is a cut and come again plant, providing leaves for some months before going to flower. Can re-sprout from around the base if cut off when it starts to flower.

Reasonably frost and heat tolerant. Grows well in most soils. For prolific growth apply compost, or well-rotted manure. Resistant to most plant diseases. The multi-coloured ones look good in a flower border.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Silverbeet

Wash thoroughly and inspect the back of the leaves for insects.
Chop and put in a saucepan with very little water ( or just what is on the leaves)
Cover and cook over a low to medium heat until the leaves collapse.
A small amount of nutmeg enhances the flavour.

Your comments and tips

06 Nov 17, Sally Ong (Australia - tropical climate)
i want to ask can - can silver beet grow in equatorial climate like Malaysia? Please advise. Thank you.
07 Nov 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
You could try planting April May next year.
16 Aug 17, margaret arnold (Australia - temperate climate)
is silver beet ok to eat raw? thank you..
17 Aug 17, John C (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
The smaller leaves are yummie raw in salads, or in a stir-fry. I think they get a bit tough as they get older / bigger. (As I understand it, you don't get the Iron benefits from raw spinach. Needs to be cooked for that.)
17 Aug 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
The young leaves can be used raw in a salad but silverbeet is usually eaten cooked. Puréed or finely chopped silverbeet makes an excellent base for many dishes. Use blanched leaves as a wrap.
15 Aug 17, Dianne (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I live an hour west of Hobart, when is the best time to plant silver beet seedlings? The temperature still gets down to 0 over night.
16 Aug 17, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Sept to March for you. In future go to the Veg and Herb section above and read up about the plant you are interested in. It has all this info there.
05 Aug 17, e1ijah (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Silverbeet is the same as Swiss Chard (American name for silverbeet)
24 Jun 17, Raphadu (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
June and July it is good months to plant beetroot,spinach and cabbage
15 May 17, Heather (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I live in the centre of north island and have shifted to a sloping veg garden. All sorts of beans grow but not much else. Silverbeet does no thrive cucumbers tomatoes all a bit sad. We have planted some mustard seeds whic are thriving, with the idea of digging in. My section is very wet during winter. Hope you can help as I love a veg garden
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the thick white stem of Swiss chard is cooked separately: cut up in sticks of 6 cm long by 1 cm diameter. cooked gently in butter. I have eaten this as a n accompaniment to girolles and riz de veau - the leaves were cooked and pureed to make a wonderful sauce.

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