Growing Silverbeet, also Swiss Chard or Mangold

Beta vulgaris var. cicla : Amaranthaceae / the amaranth family

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
P P P P P     P P P P P

(Best months for growing Silverbeet in Australia - sub-tropical regions)

  • S = Plant undercover in seed trays
  • T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings
  • 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

27 Oct 22, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I heard recently twist and tear for silverbeet. Be careful you don't pull the plant out.
16 Oct 22, Sean (Australia - temperate climate)
Please let me know folks, can I grow silverbeet in medium to large pots on my balcony. They will get plenty of northern and western sun.
17 Oct 22, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Should be able to, just need to make sure you keep the water up.
24 Apr 21, Lisa (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi there when can i plant silver beet in Melbourne and where can i get a poster of what to plant when plants and vegetables
28 Apr 21, Anonymous (Australia - temperate climate)
At the top of the page on the left is a GREEN tab - PLANT NOW - use that to decide when to plant different crops. Go to Silver beet - temperate zone and it is at the top of the page - a calendar for when to plant. - P = plant seeds, S for seed planting under cover - T for transplant.
15 Apr 21, Jane (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Absolutely agree: a rose is a rose with different needs. Admittedly, fruit trees are said to be compatible as is lavender but I'll be leaving that alone. Thnx.
24 Apr 21, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Just my thoughts and experience but when planting 2 or more things together, they will rob each other of fertiliser, water and even sunlight. At a given time you may need N for the silver beet but P or K for the fruit tree etc. Some people do it but I would say their crops aren't the best. I have two examples in the garden now, tall tomato plants stealing the sunlight of corn next to it and sun flowers have done the same to other corn. Tomatoes and sun flowers have grown faster and taller than the corn. I should have know better.
26 Jun 21, Jane (Australia - tropical climate)
Better late than never? Thanks for this. I hope yr plants are getting plenty if sun ' n fresh air!! I think I might plant too close. Hope not.
14 Mar 21, elaine (Australia - temperate climate)
can i use chicken poo tea for my silverbeet thxs
15 Mar 21, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Yes - google
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get some silverbeet in a pan welt it get a nice piece of free range chicken brest slice the thick side of the chicken to make a pocket take some garlic butter and ya welted silverbeet and stuff it inside the chicken breast.cook serve with a salad season it with salt and pepper for a nicer taste pour a few dribbles of sweet chili sauce over cooked chicken.

- Sam

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