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                

(Best months for growing Silverbeet in USA - Zone 5a 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

28 Aug 07, Peter HYde (Unknown climate)
Does anybody know where you can get seeds for these Mangolds
02 Sep 07, Chris Hutchinson (Unknown climate)
If you are looking for mangold aka silverbeet, then you can find the seed at most nurseries and supermarkets. If you want the european mangold or sugarbeet then you could try an agricultural supplier.
02 Jan 08, jim kitis (Unknown climate)
the best variety of silverbeet is the fordhook giant as it takes a very long time to go to seed. i planted 200 in my marktet garden and i used eco vital folair spray on them and was harvesting from them for over 2 years before i moved and the new oeners still have some left a year after i shifted.
13 Jan 08, Liz (Unknown climate)
If you have a small garden or just like colour, silverbeet in different colours are available. They are all edible and decorate the garden while growing.
22 Jan 08, Chris (Unknown climate)
I've also found Fordhook Giant to be an superb variety. It keeps growing through drought and cold, and self-sows readily if you let a plant go to seed. Snails ate nearly everything else in the garden when I was away, but the silverbeet was unscathed.
18 Feb 08, fudgemuffin69 (Unknown climate)
this is a great vegetabe 2 grow because it grows all through winter i have just fallen in love with it and i dont even like it
29 Jul 08, Anna (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Silverbeet tastes amazing: Wash it, Chop it, Fry it up with some onion and garlic, Add bacon, Let it simmer till leaves are soft, Add nutmeg, Add Salt n Pepper, Add two eggs.... Yummmy.
31 Jul 08, Barbara (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Our silverbeet egg salad: first chop and steam it. Drain and place in bowl and while hot mix through 1Tbsp of olive oil and two or three chopped, hard boiled eggs. season with cracked pepper and salt and if liked, a dash of balsamic vinegar. served hot or cold it's yummy! Even vegie hating kids seem to like it.
03 Aug 08, ron (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Could you please help me I have grown fordhook over the years with no problem however just recently It starts off well then goes droopy even flat along the ground not through lack of water.Regards Ron.
18 Aug 08, sam (Australia - temperate climate)
I have a huge supply of sea weed in my river but is it good for silverbeet how should I use it on silverbeet?
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When speak of "compatibility to grow beside", how close or far is that? How far apart do compatibles and antagonists have to be that we don't need to worry about compatability factor?

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