Chard - Illinois Vegetable Garden Guide - University of Illinois Extension



Swiss chard is planted in the spring about the same time as beets. A single planting will produce greens throughout the season. Sow the seed in rows and thin to 4 to 8 inches.

If you harvest only the outer leaves, the plant will continue to produce greens throughout the season. A few plants will supply an average family.

Crop Amount for 100
ft of row
Variety recommended for use in Illinois Days to harvest Resistant to
Swiss chard (seed) 1 ounce Burgundy 60
Rhubarb 60
Fordhook Giant 57
Lucullus 50
Rainbow 55
Vegetable Hardiness Recommended planting period for central Illinois (b) Time to grow from seed to field (c)
For  overall
Chard Half-hardy April 10-June 1 ... ...
Vegetable Spacing in row
Seed to sow per foot Distance between plants when thinned or transplanted Distance between rows Planting depth
inches inches inches
Chard 8-10 4-8 18-24 ½-1