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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
  • 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

13 Jul 18, Barbara Conje (Australia - tropical climate)
Will silverbeet grow in the tropics (Darwin)? If so, what time of year? Thank you.
16 Jul 18, (Australia - tropical climate)
Plant April to June - in future select your climate zone and then the vegetable and then read up about it.
17 Jun 18, Diane (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
Silverbeet grows just fine in Taumarunui without being in a glasshouse- just keep the possoms off it. Mangolds are NOT silver beet but a large turnip used as stock feed
20 Jun 18, Mike L (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
From Gardening website.--
21 Jun 18, Mike L (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
The article says it is really a beet.
31 May 18, Margaret Dawson (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
I have little silverbeet plants in little pots in my glasshouse. It's now June, is it okay to plant them outside. I live in Taumarunui in the King Country. My glasshouse is quite small and I don't really have enough room for them to grow big in there. Thanks. Hope to hear from you soon Margaret
07 Jun 18, Mike L (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Sounds like you have no option but to try it. Or a far bigger green house.
06 Jun 18, Mike L (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
You can only give it a go.
27 Nov 17, Don (Australia - temperate climate)
I have young silver beet in a raised outdoor bed, leaves are approx the size of the top of a cup and they are all going to seed. What is the best way to handle?
29 Nov 17, Tanya (Australia - temperate climate)
I don't think there is anything you can do to stop them going to seed. These thou I find just usually self sow (so just let them go) and more will come up. (I have silverbeet all year round in that bed and I don't replant them)
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