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About This Plant...
Family: Chenopodiaceae
Genus and species: Beta vulgaris var. cicla
Growing Season: spring and fall
Indoor Sowing...
Time needed to reach transplant size: 4 to 6 weeks
When to transplant to garden: 3 to 4 weeks before last spring frost
Outdoor Sowing...
When to sow outdoors: 2 to 4 weeks before last spring frost
Other Sowing Guidelines...
Approx. germination time: 5-16 days
Germination temp.: 50-85 degrees F.
Sowing depth: 1/2 inch
Days to maturity: 50-60 days
Transplanting Guidelines...
Spacing between plants: 12-15 inches
Spacing between rows: 24-36 inches
Growing On...
Pests: leaf miners, slugs
Diseases: -
Harvest: pick small, outer leaves 40 days from sowing; cut plants back when they are 12 inches tall
Growing tips: swiss chard becomes tough if allowed to overgrow, so cut plants back when necessary

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