How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Chard– Beta vulgaris var. cicla
Family Amaranthaceae (Amaranth family)

Plant Description

Chard, also called Swiss chard, are beets grown for their edible leaves. The stems can be green, red, or multicolored. Recommended varieties in California include Lucullus, Rhubarb Chard, Rainbow and Bright Lights. Leaves can be harvested at any time. Immature leaves can be braised or used as salad greens. Mature leaves are typically prepared like other dark leafy greens.

Cultural Tips

Cultural practices such as proper site selection, soil preparation, planting, and watering are important for plant health, pest management and pest reduction when growing chard.

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Pests and disorders of Chard




Environmental disorders



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