How to Grow a Chard Container Garden

A large pot filled with the glossy green leaves and neon-colored stems of chard  will add color to any patio.

Large Pot Filled with Glossy Green Chard

Large Pot Filled with Glossy Green Chard

A large pot filled with the glossy green leaves and neon colored stems of chard, called bright lights, will add color to any patio.

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Materials Needed

  • chard plants
  • garden container with drainage holes
  • crocks or broken pieces of stone
  • small garden shovel
  • multipurpose potting mix
  • watering can or garden hose
  • nitrogen-rich fertilizer (optional)

Step 1: Test Layout

Test Layouts of Plants in Container Before Filling

Test Layouts of Plants in Container Before Filling

Test different layouts in container while plants are still in their nursery pots to help create the best color display.

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Tip for success Test different layouts in your container while the plants are still in their own pots to help create the best color display.

Step 2: Add Soil

Fill Empty Tub with Multipurpose Potting Mix

Fill Empty Tub with Multipurpose Potting Mix

Fill an empty tub with multipurpose potting mix after ensuring that the container has drainage holes and is positioned in a sunny spot.

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Position the empty pot in a sunny, sheltered spot. Ensure that the container has drainage holes, cover the base with a layer of crocks, and add multipurpose potting mix to within about 1 inch (2.5 cm) of the container’s lip.

Step 3: Tease Roots

Tease Out Roots of Young Chard Plants

Tease Out Roots of Young Chard Plants

Carefully remove chard plant from its nursery pot and tease out roots before planting in soil.

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Water the young chard plants and carefully remove them from their pots, holding them by the roots rather than the leaves. Gently tease out the roots to help them establish quickly, and space them about 4 inches (10 cm) apart.

Step 4: Firm Soil

Firm in Soil Around Chard Plants

Firm in Soil Around Chard Plants

Place the plants in their planting holes and gently firm the soil around each plant and water the container thoroughly.

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Place the plants into holes made in the potting mix at the correct spacing, checking that the top of the root ball is just below soil level. Gently firm soil around each plant and water the container thoroughly.

Step 5: Water Chard

Water Chard Plugs Thoroughly Once Planted

Water Chard Plugs Thoroughly Once Planted

Once chard is planted, water the container thoroughly to keep leaves large and in good condition..

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Water the chard regularly to keep the large leaves firm and in good condition, especially during hot summer weather. You can also apply a nitrogen-rich fertilizer to help maintain vigorous healthy growth. 

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