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.

   Open Pollinated
Approximately 50 seeds per gram.
  • SW852/S
  • 3 grams
  • $3.05

  • SW852/P
  • 7 grams
  • $4.25

  • SW852/B
  • 1 oz
  • $6.95
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Soil Temp for Germ.Days to EmergenceSeed DepthThin Plants ToSeed SpacingRow SpacingMin. Germ.Seed LifeSeeds per gramFertilizer Needs
50-75°F5-171/2"10-16"2-3"18-24"75%2 years≈ 50Medium

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.

Days to maturity are calculated from date of direct seeding.

• Swiss chard grows best in cool weather, and overwinters in mild climates
• Apply 1 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer per 5 row feet, and 1 inch of compost
• Cover beds with row cover if temperatures are cool

Direct Sowing
• Sow mid-spring through summer
• Thin when plants reach a height of 3 inches

• Start indoors 3-4 weeks before anticipated transplant date
• Start June-July for transplanting July-August for a fall/winter crop

Insects & Diseases
Common insects: Aphids, leaf miners, flea beetles, and leaf hoppers
Insect control: Pick off affected leaves and check for eggs — spray with Azatrol or Neem oil
Common diseases: Leaf spot
Disease prevention: 3-4 year crop rotation, remove debris

Harvest & Storage
• Harvest leaves from the outside, taking care not to damage the growing point
• Store at 36°F and 95% relative humidity
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Stands up well to the heat of a Missouri summer...
Jul 19, 2017  |  By Keith
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Planted this chard the last week of April in the garden. Was harvesting plenty of chard mid-June. I do find it milder than other chards I've had, which is great, but the one thing that stands out is that I'm still harvesting this Swiss chard towards the end of July especially with the killer heat we've had here in the last couple of weeks (90-100 deg. F during the day). Have seen no sign of bolting. Will be planting this next year along with one or two other varieties. A real winner!
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.