Bright Lights Swiss Chard Seeds

This packet sows up to 19 feet.
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Light up your garden and patio containers with the dazzling colors of this edible leaf that doubles as an ornamental. Stem colors include gold, orange, pink, yellow, crimson, and purple! Bright Lights tolerates some shade, and won't get bitter in hot weather. A long season vegetable, chard will supply you with tasty greens through fall frosts.
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Botanical Name: Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris

Days to Maturity: 52 days

Family: Amaranthaceae

Native: Mediterranean region, Europe

Hardiness: Biennial; fairly cold tolerant. Will overwinter in mild climates and withstand light to moderate freezes.

Plant Dimensions: Up to 20" tall

Variety Information: Bright Lights was developed by John Eaton of New Zealand, and introduced in the 1990s. The petioles (leafstalks) can be yellow, gold, orange, pink, crimson, or purple. Bright Lights has a lighter, milder flavor compared to other chards. It was chosen as an All-America Selections winner in 1998, and is also the recipient of the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

Attributes: Good for Containers

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 40°F, ideally 75°–90°F. Sow as late as 2 months before first fall frost. Mild Climates: Sow in fall.

When to Start Inside: 4 to 6 weeks before transplanting out, 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date (protect from heavy freezes).

Days to Emerge: 5–10 days

Seed Depth: ½"

Seed Spacing: A group of 2 seeds every 8"

Row Spacing: 18"

Thinning: When ½" tall, thin to 1 every 8"

Harvesting: Pick up to 1/3 of the outer leaves as needed, and let more leaves grow from the center of the plant; or, if desired, harvest the whole plant 2" above ground, and it will grow back. Pick very young leaves, at 2"-4" for using fresh in salads.

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Bright Lights Swiss Chard Seeds Reviews

2 reviews
Delicious and delightful
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I've grown this from BI seed for several years, in the garden and this year in a clay pot on my deck. It's easy to grow, delightful to look at, and delicious to eat in pasta and on pizza!

Very nice
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Aug 10, 2019
My first time growing chard, at my wife's request. I was prepared for rather bitter greens, but as advertised, these are really mild and pleasant. They also seem to grow very well even in the hot weather as long as they're watered. (We're in Maryland, zone 7, with summer temps in the 80s & low 90s.) My wife just cuts leaves of and they keep on growing and giving.

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