Leaf Beets

Leaf Beets

Commonly known as “leaf beets”, Silverbeet, Spinach and Swiss Chard are related to beetroots. However, unlike beetroot which is grown for the edible roots, the leaf beets produce large edible leaves instead. 
Silver beet seem to be the most popular of the leaf beets, it has green leaves and white stalks unlike Swiss chard which display colourful red, yellow or orange stalks with bright coloured veins running throughout the leaf. Spinach is the much smaller of the leaf beet plants, with smaller, more, tender leaves and narrower rich green stalks.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    Leaf beets do best in rich moisture retentive soil that has been mixed in with plenty of well rotted compost.

    Leaf beets are a cool climate plant that grows just as well in warmer climatic zones.

    Plants should be well watered in dry periods and kept weed free.

    Use mulch to suppress the weeds and to maintain adequate soil moisture.

    This vegetable type becomes quite bitter and tough when under nutrient and water stress.

    If flower shoots are regularly cut back, this will encourage plants to keep cropping.

    It is sown in spring and early summer for crops that will last through to mid to late autumn.

    For harvesting in winter and spring, it is best to sow in late summer.

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Pre Plant 

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 1¼-1½ cups (240-300g)/m²

    Commercial Use: 2.5 - 3.5kg/10m row

    Comments: Broadcast along rows and incorporate into the soil or applied in drills in red – brown clay loams a week before transplanting.


    Stage: Top Dress

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: ¼ cup (60g)/m²

    Commercial Use: 400-800g/10m row

    Comments: Apply the top dressing in late summer.


Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.