Bright Lights Swiss Chard Seed
Bright Lights Swiss Chard Seed (56 days) Open-pollinated. A best seller year after year. Bright Lights bathes stems, midribs and secondary veins in a panoply of gold, yellow, orange, pink, intermediate pastels and dazzling stripes. The tenderness of its dark green to bronze leaves and the mildness of its chard flavor impresses all who try it.
Young seedlings respond to cut-and-come-again culture, ideal for mesclun. Developed by John Eaton of Lower Hutt, New Zealand, who found the parent plants, red and yellow, in a small home garden in 1977 and crossed them to standard green and white varieties, selecting for color and flavor over the next fifteen years.
100 seed per pack. Lot #381. 92% germination.
Beta vulgaris (cicla group)
Chard Culture: Hardy and easy to grow. Direct seed 2" apart. Same species as beets. Salzer's 1915 catalog reads, Swiss chard produces more food for the table than almost any other vegetable and it also requires less care; it yields a constant crop from July to winter. Plants will grow quite large. Space according to use; can be direct-seeded 2" apart for baby-leaf harvest; thin to 12 - 16" apart for large leaves. Soften thick ribs of chard, beets and other greens by braising. Also used for microgreens.
Minimum germination temperature 40°, optimum range 50-85°.
Days to maturity are from direct seeding.
Culture: When to harvest greens? Research from trials conducted in England and Kenya showed looseleaf lettuce, red chard and arugula harvested in the evening had a longer shelf life than when picked in the morning.