Most Common Chard Pests & Diseases
You experience issues with pests or diseases on your chard plants?
Make sure to have a look at the tips and tricks on how to get rid of swiss chard pests and diseases in the following chapters!
Table of Contents
|Pest||How to control it|
|Flea beetles||Flea beetles are quite common on chard plants. You can get rid of them using insecticidal soap or pesticides from the garden center.|
|Aphids||Aphids may also populate swiss chard. Fortunately, there are many easy ways how to get rid of aphids.|
|Caterpillars||Caterpillars may also try to feed on chard plants. Hence, also get some information on how to control caterpillars in your garden.|
|Maggots||Maggots may also be present when growing chard at home. Thus, also get some tips on how to get rid of maggots.|
|Snails & Slugs||Snails and slugs may also try to feed on swiss chard. Fortunately, there are easy ways how to control slugs and snails in your garden.|
|Leafminers||Leafminers may also do great damage to chard plants. You can control leafminers using insecticidal soap or neem oil.|
|Blister beetles||Blister beetles may also be quite annoying companions when growing chard. You can get rid of blister beetles using pesticides from the garden center.|
|Lygus bugs||Lygus bugs may also try to populate chard plants. You can control lygus bugs using neem oil or insecticidal soap.|
|Darkling beetles||Although rather rare, darkling beetles may also feed on chard plants. You can get rid of darkling beetles using diatomite or neem oil.|
|Disease||How to control it|
|Leaf spot||Leaf spot may do great damage to chard plants. Fortunately, there are simple ways how to control leaf spot.|
|Downy mildew||Downy mildew is another disease that is quite common on chard plants. You can get rid of it using conventional fungicides.|
|Powdery mildew||Powdery mildew may also do some damage to chard. Hence, make sure to get additional tips and tricks on how to control powdery mildew.|
|Soft rot||Soft rot may become another problem when growing chard at home. You can get rid of it by watering your plants less often and also by fertilizing the soil.|
|Blight||Blight can lead to the decay of your plants. Thus, make sure to also get some information on how to get rid of bacterial blight on garden plants.|
|Mold||Mold may do great damage to your chard plants. Hence, also inform yourself on how to control plant mold in your garden.|
|Rust||Many chard plants also suffer from rust. Hence, also get some tips on how to control plant rust in an easy manner.|
|Curly top||Curly top may also do great damage to chard plants. Once it is present, you should just remove infested plants to avoid the spread of curly top in your garden.|
|Damping-off||Damping-off may also happen in case you don’t provide optimal germination conditions to your plants. Hence, make sure to improve lighting and soil conditions to avoid damping-off as best as possible.|
Chard Pests & Diseases – Summary List
|Lygus bugs||Powdery mildew|
|Darkling beetles||Soft rot|
|Blister beetles||Curly top|
|Snails and slugs||Leaf spot|
How to deal with Chard Pests & Diseases?
Now that you know how to control chard pests and diseases, you should also have a look at my chard grower’s guide and my growing chard FAQ section to get additional information on how to grow swiss chard at home in the best possible manner in general.