> 9-10 weeks before FFD

If Fall cold weather threatens, you could protect them with cloches or row covers.

Water well directly after transplanting to ensure proper root establishment.

> on LFD

If cold weather threatens, you could protect them with cloches or row covers.

Set out the transplants on the last frost date. Water well directly after transplanting to ensure proper root establishment.

> Cold, Cool

Chard is one of the most shade tolerant of common crops, so can be grown underneath taller crops (in hot climates it may even benefit from this). In cool climates it should have full sun for maximum production of foliage.

> When outdoor temp: 40°F to 75°F, optimal temp 60°F to 65°F
> When min soil temp: 50°F

Chard will germinate at 40 degrees but it will take 6 weeks. A more practical temperature for planting outdoors is 50 degrees.

Spacing

6.0"-12.0", 4 plants per sq ft

Chard grows fast and gets quite large. Space the plants 6" to 12" apart, depending upon the fertility of the soil and the growing method. If the plants are too crowded they will sometimes bolt prematurely.

Transplant Outdoors

9-10 weeks before FFD

If Fall cold weather threatens, you could protect them with cloches or row covers.

Water well directly after transplanting to ensure proper root establishment.

Transplant Outdoors

on LFD

If cold weather threatens, you could protect them with cloches or row covers.

Set out the transplants on the last frost date. Water well directly after transplanting to ensure proper root establishment.

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