Swiss Chard

Bright Lights Swiss Chard

Bright Lights Swiss Chard

SW853

60 days. Individual stems are red, yellow, orange, gold, or white, and together they create a visual feast in your ornamental beds, in your vegetable garden, and at your dinner table. Bright Lights has lightly savoyed leaves, some are burgundy and some are green. Very mild flavors. These 20 inch wonders are a colorful accent for any meal! An AAS winner.

   Open Pollinated
Approximately 50 seeds per gram.
  • SW853/S
  • 3 grams
  • $3.95

  • SW853/P
  • 7 grams
  • $5.95

  • SW853/B
  • 1 oz
  • $12.95

  • SW853C1
  • 5M seeds
  • $23.25

  • SW853C2
  • 25M seeds
  • $83.75
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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.

Culture
• 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

Transplanting
• 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 Neem oil, use silver mulch
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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solid
Feb 3, 2015  |  By Erica
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I grow these every year. So dependable, virtually no maintenance, and vast quantities of pretty and tasty greens whenever I want them all summer and well into fall. The rainbow stalks are pretty but not all that thick, so I mix with Lyon to get a the balance I prefer of stalks to greens. I often let mine get pretty mature (chard seems to thrive on neglect!) - as they get large, the stalks of the yellow, especially, lose their color. Other than that I have no complaints!
Tasty and Good Looking
Feb 8, 2012  |  By GrowEug
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I used Bright lights in salads when they were very young, and then brazed or sauteed when the plans were a bit older and the leaves were thicker. I left the plants in my garden for most of the season, even when they were bolting because they looked so nice!