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Separate Swiss chard/beet seedlings?

OK, so I planted my Swiss chard and multiple plants germinated from each one. I should have expected this since my beets are doing the same thing (they're from the same family).

So.....Should I cull the chard to 1 seedling per seed?

What about the beets? will having more than 1 plant per seed make the beets smaller?

Thanks for your help on this one.
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Do you mean Swiss Chard?

Yes I would thin them to one plant in a spot. If you have a bunch of them you might want to let a few doubles go. I did this last year and it wasn't terrible. They both grew fairly big. But the singles were a bit better. Yeah surprise on the multiples huh? Last year was my first time with Chard and all of the sudden I have these Chard forest everywhere.

Come to find out the seeds are like teeny tiny Chard seed bombs. There are several in each little ball. Who knew? :lol:

Don't know about the beets but I would think definitely thin them. I would imagine that being like growing 2 onions right on top of each other.

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:oops: Yeah, Gix, that's exactly what I meant; can't believe I missed that typo :lol:.

I remember that I had this "multiple beet" thing last year and I believe I heard you should thin them. If you think about it, they'll just crowd each other, like you said.

Thanks for the info on the chard. I guess I'll wait to see the strongest seedling and keep it and get rid of the others.
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Ya, that little wrinkly thing you might think is a seed is actually a capsule with several seeds in it. Thin the beets for sure if you want nice roots. Not so important on the chard since you are going for leaves.
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jal_ut wrote:Ya, that little wrinkly thing you might think is a seed is actually a capsule with several seeds in it. Thin the beets for sure if you want nice roots. Not so important on the chard since you are going for leaves.
That's what I thought about the chard, at first. But then, I thought that I'd probably do better with one plant to a spot sine having two so close together would probably just be detrimental to each one.
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jal_ut wrote:Ya, that little wrinkly thing you might think is a seed is actually a capsule with several seeds in it. Thin the beets for sure if you want nice roots. Not so important on the chard since you are going for leaves.
That's what I thought about the chard, at first. But then, I thought that I'd probably do better with one plant to a spot sine having two so close together would probably just be detrimental to each one.
AS Jal and i said they will grow doubled up. I didn't realize till late that there were 2 or sometimes 3 plants growing in the same spot. By this time they were huge plants of course the brothers and sisters weren't as big but the bigger sibling was quite huge.

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Here is a link to Table beet seed production in Washington. Probably more then your really care to know.
[img]https://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h300/eric_wa/pokedown.gif[/img]

https://users.tricity.wsu.edu/~cdaniels/profiles/tableBeetPM2.pdf

I like to space my Swiss chard (bright lights) at least 6" apart. Beets about 4".

[img]https://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h300/eric_wa/Swisschard002-1.jpg[/img]

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Wow! I love to learn something new. I was checking my garden this morning looking at the bed where I planted Swiss Chard earlier in the week. I noticed spots where multiple plants were growing where I thought I had planted single Swiss Chard seed. My first thought was that some weed had sprouted in place of the chard.

I found this thread and learned something new about my Chard today.

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Wow, I didn't know this either. I noticed yesterday that my Chioggia beets are finally coming up, but there are two in each space. Do I cut off the extra one or pull it out? I'm always afraid of damaging one plant when I pull out another that is close.

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sciencegal wrote:Wow, I didn't know this either. I noticed yesterday that my Chioggia beets are finally coming up, but there are two in each space. Do I cut off the extra one or pull it out? I'm always afraid of damaging one plant when I pull out another that is close.
Cutting it is the safer bet.

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Thanks, Double Dog. That was a very informative pdf. I saved it, because I know I will need to re-read it.

And now, thanks to you, we know how to save our own beet and chard seeds too! I never even thought about it, I overwinter cabbages and brussels to get seeds!

I had to laugh, black leg is a beet disease. I have to vaccinate my goats to prevent disease and it is commonly called black leg vaccine! It is actually a clostridium type thing, I wonder if it is the same thing in beets?
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