Swiss Chard

Lyon Swiss Chard

Lyon Swiss Chard


50 days. Lyon proved to be one of the best tasting Swiss chards in our trials. The glowing, lime-green leaf color contrasts nicely with other varieties. The lush plants have thick leaves up to 9 1/2 inches wide and over 1 foot long with the color of new spring growth and the delicate, tender texture to match. Brilliant stalks are pure white and a broad, 1 inch wide. With its mild flavor, Lyon makes a good stand-in for spinach.

Winter Growing Information

   Open Pollinated
Approximately 50 seeds per gram.
  • SW852/S
  • 3 grams
  • $2.95

  • SW852/P
  • 7 grams
  • $4.15

  • SW852/B
  • 1 oz
  • $6.95
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  • Customer Reviews (2)
Seed DepthSeed SpacingSoil Temp for Germ.Days to Germ.Thin Plants To Approximately 50 seeds per gram.

Beta vulgaris, Cicla Group: Swiss chard is a vegetable that is in the same family as the common beet, however while the root of the beet is commonly eaten, it's the leaves of the Swiss chard that are consumed. Recent nutritional analysis has shown that Swiss chard is second only to spinach on the world's healthiest vegetable list. Packed with anthocyanins and fiber it's one of the most antioxidant rich foods as demonstrated in the vivid colors of the leaves.

CULTURE: Sow April through early August in well-dug, fertile soil. Space rows 18-24 inches apart. Thin when plants reach a height of 3 inches. When plants are about 6 inches tall, an application of 1 cup of our complete fertilizer or 1/2 cup of blood meal per 5 row feet fosters leaf growth. Starting indoors is not recommended.
INSECTS AND DISEASE: Flea beetles sometime attack Swiss chard. Cover the beds with a floating row cover like Reemay or Grow Guard 20, or spray with Pyrethrin.
HARVEST: The crop is ready to harvest about 60 days after planting. The outer leaves can be harvested as soon as fully developed, taking care not to damage the growing point. Fresh leaves should be stored at 33°F and 90-95% relative humidity.
SEED SPECS: Minimum germination standard: 75%. Usual seed life: 2 years.
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No more Lyon
May 16, 2016  |  By Kristin
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At first I really liked the Lyon variety -- it came up generously, a pretty lime green and more tender than other varieties. HOWEVER, as spring came on, it seemed to be a magnet for insects and even worse, it bolted VERY quickly. I have had some varieties go a year-and-a-half before bolting. I will not plant this one again, except in the winter in the greenhouse.
Feb 3, 2015  |  By Erica
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Loved having these beautiful stalks in my chard patch! The leaves are a bit tender and don't stand up to a pounding rain/dry spell/acidental bludgeoning by a clumsy gardener the way some other chard does, but those thick white stalks more than make up for it. My mix of Rainbow and Lyon last summer was perfect - enough Lyon to get lots of good tender stalks (the best part!), and enough of the rainbow for plenty of sturdy foliage, color, etc.