Growing Swiss Chard forum: How much should I think chard?

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LAS14
Jun 30, 2011 12:50 PM CST
Since chard seeds come in little packages that each produce several seedlings, should I be thinning them back to one, or are they meant to grow several plants jammed together?

TIA
LAS

P.S. - I hope everyone figured out that I meant to type "thin" not "think." :-)
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AlohaHoya
Jun 30, 2011 5:18 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
I always plant seeds too close together...and I let them all come up and gradually cut the 'extras' away when they are still small and use them in salads. Chard also sends out VERY deep roots and need good deep beds or soil. When mine aren't deep enough the chard grows out of the ground on stalks, like kale.... I find they grow better if they are given room....
Leap. The net will appear.
LAS14
Jun 30, 2011 6:10 PM CST
I'm not sure I made myself clear. Each chard seed produces several seedlings very close together. So how close you plant the seeds is not the issue. The question is whether or not one allows all the seedlings from a single chard seed to remain together.

I hope this helps clarify.

TIA
LAS
AlohaHoya
Jun 30, 2011 10:51 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
OK...got it (I never knew it was the chard seed that made multiple plants... Sad ). If more than one comes up, I let them grow a wee bit, save the strongest one to 'grow up' and ''cull'' the smaller ones for salad or smoothies or something.... Big Grin
Leap. The net will appear.
Imagestormyla
Jul 6, 2011 9:06 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Gee Carol, maybe I should plant my chard in deeper pots. I never thought about that.
AlohaHoya
Jul 6, 2011 11:17 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Yes, Stormy...they have LONG tap roots ...notice how they start coming/growing out of the pot?
Leap. The net will appear.
Imagestormyla
Jul 7, 2011 12:18 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Ya know Carol, I never really have noticed that. My pots are about 16" deep. Maybe that is just deep enough.
AlohaHoya
Jul 7, 2011 12:37 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Hopefully....but they will continue to produce even when the stalk is 15" out of the pot!!!!
Leap. The net will appear.
Imagestormyla
Jul 7, 2011 12:52 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
That's amazing and good!!
Imagejoseph
Jan 17, 2014 3:07 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
LAS14 wrote:IEach chard seed produces several seedlings very close together.


The first time I ran germination testing on chard seed that was about 4 years old I got 135% germination. Blinking Because what we typically plant is a pod containing multiple seeds.

I let them grow together, or thin some out. Either way seems to work fine.


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ImagePatti1957
Jan 17, 2014 4:29 PM CST
Name: Patti
Eagle Point, OR
Good to know Joseph. Do you know if beet seeds are similar? It seems like the beet seed is a cluster of multiple seeds also but I have not actually seen multiple plants growing.
Imagejoseph
Jan 17, 2014 8:11 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

Beets are the same... If not thinned I'll often get about 4-5 beets all growing in a clump. That can cause the roots to be mis-shapen if not thinned. I might wait to thin them until they are grape sized or slightly larger.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse

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