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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

04 Jun 19, Karan (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
I know it's not present topic,but can you help me .i have a pomergranite tree , bears flowers ,double but falls of. It's three years old and I have planted in a big pot,please can you help. Karan (Gardenate is for vegetables but perhaps someone could help?)
01 Apr 19, Pat S (Australia - temperate climate)
I planted my silverbeet a couple of months ago,I started picking it the leaves and stalks were great but now the leaves are turning brown the centre of the plant is also brown and the leaves are 'narrowing'. What disease have I got and can I replant in the same spot if so what should I use to clean the soil to prevent a recurrence. Many thanks
23 Jan 19, Michael (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi All, Just wondering, i have had silverbeet growing in a raised garden bed for about 5 months, but it doesn't seem to grow taller than 5 inches and a few small leaves at a time. Hardly enough to eat. It gets sun most of the day, watered daily and seasol every few weeks. Any advice on how to make it grow better would be great. Thanks Michael
24 Jan 19, Mike (Australia - temperate climate)
Seasol has virtually no NPK in it. Sounds like your soil is very poor. My tip - reap it out. Start preparing your garden bed for planting in March. Put compost manure even grass clippings in the soil now. Water it and turn it over each week. If it doesn't rain keep watering it 1-2 times a week. When you have good crumble soil you can plant. Or go and buy some fertiliser. I would plant March to about June. Grow it in the winter.
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
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