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
S S S S S S S S S S S S
T T T T T T T T T T T T
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 10°C and 30°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 15 - 30 cm 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

10 Mar 23, Alex (Australia - temperate climate)
What is the large curly leaf silver beet name
16 Mar 23, Berylee Lay (Australia - temperate climate)
It's usually called Fordhook Giant on the punnet labels.
10 Mar 23, Birgitt (Australia - temperate climate)
If you're after the Latin name, my label says Beta vulgaris var. cicla : Amaranthaceae / the amaranth family (It's on the silverbeet page of Gardenate - Editor)
02 Mar 23, chris fox (Australia - tropical climate)
do you need to soak seeds in water before planting ?
03 Mar 23, (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
You don't have to. It just gives a bit of a head start.
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.
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Just my view but I don't mix plantings of things together. As far as I'm concerned a rose garden is a rose garden. A vegie garden is for vegies. They require slightly different fertiliser. If mixing plantings then more fertilisering and watering is required especially in hot summer.

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