Beta vulgaris var. cicla
Sow 5-15 cm (2-6″) apart, thin to 15-30 cm (6-12″) apart.
Plant seeds 1 cm (½”) deep.
Does best in full sun, but can handle a bit of shade. pH 6-6.5.
Seeds will sprout in 7-14 days.
Can be pestered by slugs, aphids and leaf miners. Otherwise very resistant to pests and diseases.
Sow 2 to 3 weeks before the last spring frost date, or start seeds indoors three to four weeks before and set out seedlings after the last frost. Continue planting seeds at 10-day intervals for a month.
Water the plants evenly to help them grow better. Water often during dry spells in the summer. Mulch to help conserve moisture. For the best quality, cut the plants back when they are about 30 cm (12″) tall. If the chard plants become overgrown, they lose their flavour.