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Swiss Chard - Canary, ORGANIC

Swiss Chard - Canary, ORGANIC

ORGANIC The contrast of Canary's sunshine yellow stalks to clover green leaves really can't beat! Beautiful tucked in with flower beds, or to simply bring some happiness to your vegetable beds, this variety gives heavy yields of sweet, tender greens and crunchy, juicy stems. Approx. seeds per packet = 95 Packet $2.95 Packet weight 2 grams

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Average Seed / oz Seed / 100' Row Average Yield / 100' Row Days to Harvest
800 1 oz 75 lbs 65
Planting Season Ideal Soil Temp Sun Frost Tolerance
All 45-80°F Full/Part Moderately Tolerant
Sowing Method Seed Depth Direct Seed Spacing Seeds Per Packet
Transplant or Direct Seed 1/2" 2-4" 95
Mature Spacing Days to Sprout Production Cycle Seed Viability
10-14" 5-17 Biennial 3-4 years

Bed Preparation

Chard is a moderately frost-tolerant biennial that is easy- to- grow and direct seed in early spring, late summer and early fall. It grows best in fertile well-drained soil in an area that receives full sun to part shade. Chard can be easily grown in containers or raised beds outside.


Plant seeds ½” deep spaced 2-4” apart placing about 3 seeds in each hole. As sprouts appear and seedlings mature, space plants 10-14” apart to provide enough room for the plant to leaf out. Be sure to water seeds after sowing to aid in softening the rough seed coat for faster germination. Seeds take 5-17 days to sprout. Continue watering Chard daily as it grows to distribute moisture evenly across the bed or container in which they are growing.


Chard matures in 50-60 days depending on the variety. When ready to harvest, use pruning shears or scissors to cut stems just above the base of the plant. Leave some leaves on each plant to encourage more growth for a come-and-cut-again harvest. Succession planting throughout the spring and late summer allows for a continual supply of fresh greens well into the Fall.

Seed Saving

Chard is a wind pollinated biennial, making it a challenge to grow to seed for beginners. Being wind pollinated, it needs a very long isolation distance, at least 1 mile away from other Beta vulgaris to prevent crossing; this includes Beets. Fall planting works best, and then mulch heavily to protect the roots through winter. The following spring the plant will set up its flower stalk and set seed, and the seed saver should allow the seeds to dry on the plant as much as possible, and then gather for dry harvesting.