Swiss Chard Care In Pots – How To Grow Swiss Chard In Containers:
Growing Swiss chard in containers is not difficult. You just need to follow some basic steps to make it successful. There are many advantages of growing swiss chard in pots. One advantage is that you don’t have to dig up the ground around your garden every time you want to plant something new or transplant something out of place. Another advantage is that you don’t have to pay extra money for expensive soil and fertilizer when you grow swiss chard in pots.
Growing swiss chard in containers will also give you a chance to save space inside your home since you won’t have to buy additional storage spaces for pots.
There are several types of containers that can be used for growing swiss chard. Some of them include;
Rectangular Tubes (Cylindrical)
Round Tubes (Square)
The most common type of container used for growing swiss chard is a round tube. These tubes are made with various shapes and sizes. They come in different colors and materials such as plastic, wood, metal, etc. Round tubs are easy to clean because they do not require any special cleaning tools like other kinds of containers. They are available at your nearest home and garden center.
While growing swiss chard in containers you must take utmost care to ensure that the soil does not get dry or too wet. You have to be very attentive in watering the plant on a regular basis. Since plants grown in containers dry out faster than those grown in the ground, it is very important to give them enough water.
Benefits Of Growing Swiss Chard In Pots:
As mentioned earlier, there are several advantages of growing swiss chard in containers. Some of them are discussed below;
Easy To Move Around:
Swiss chard grown in pots can easily be moved around from one place to another in your home or outside. You can move them on the patios, balconies or decks or even inside your house. This is very useful if you are growing swiss chard for the first time and do not know how much and how well it grows. You can easily manage the plants by moving them before they start spreading all over other plants in your garden or yard if grown outside or your home interior if grown inside. Once you observe that a particular plant has grown so big that it is starting to occupy more space than desired, you can easily transfer it to another place without any issues.
By doing this, you can prevent the plant from growing too large so that it does not start crowding other plants.
Great For Beginners:
Growing swiss chard in containers is great for beginners because if they make a mistake in soil or fertilizer, it will not harm the entire garden. The plants can be easily transferred from container to container to help them get enough light and to get them away from the soil or fertilizer that is harming them. So even if you are a beginner and make mistakes while growing swiss chard in containers, there will not be any major loss.
Easily Available Containers:
There are many types of containers suitable for growing swiss chard. You can easily find round plastic tubes, wooden boxes and several other types of containers at your nearest home and garden center in the summer season. All you have to do is follow the instructions on the back of the container for proper planting, watering, feeding and sunlight requirements.
You can also use used items such as plastic bottles, milk crates, buckets, etc for growing swiss chard in containers. A good example would be a two-liter plastic bottle. Cut the bottom part off and plant it in a big bucket or container. You can also join two or more two-liter bottles together for growing plants such as swiss chard that require more room for root expansion.
Once you start growing swiss chard in containers, you will enjoy it to the fullest. It is easy, economical and a lot of fun. Isn’t it time that you grow something exciting?
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