Chard Seeds

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Sowing suggestions for chard seeds

Direct sow chard seeds in shallow drills of 1.5cm depth. When plants are 15cm high, thin to appropriate spacing. Make early sowings in modules starting in February and then transplant outside 4-5 weeks later to crop from May onwards. Sowing after midsummer will provide you with leaves from autumn until the following spring.

Chard growing calendar


Crop history

Chard has been cultivated for at least 2,000 years and was first domesticated by farmers in the Mediterranean from a leafy plant found in coastal regions known as ‘sea beet’. Other cultivars adapted from this wild plant include beetroot, fodder beet and sugar beet.

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