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Bright Lights Swiss Chard (50 Days)

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A 1998 All-America Award Winner. Bright Lights is almost neon in appearance and was the talk of our trial gardens. The leaves are green, moderately savoyed with veins of vibrant color, red, orange, or yellow running through them. The contrast is outstanding. Use young raw leaves in a salad (30 days) or briefly cook mature leaves (50 days) to maintain their color. If started indoors 5 to 6 weeks before setting out they can be planted by color for effect in an ornamental edible garden. Developed by Johnny's Selected Seeds.

75 seeds

Bright Lights Swiss Chard (50 Days)


Beta vulgaris

Germination: 5-10 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-85ºF.

Seed Sowing Depth: 1/2” deep

Starting Indoors: 4-6 weeks before the last frost. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot. Thin to the strongest seedling. Fertilize the seedlings every 7-10 days with a liquid or water-soluble fertilizer, diluted to ¼ of the suggested measurement. Start transplanting a week or two before the last frost. Space 10-18" apart.  

Sowing Outdoors: Mid-spring into early summer. Starting when the soil temperature reaches at least 50ºF. Germination is slower in cooler slow temperatures. Sow 3-4 seeds every 10-18” apart. Thin to the strongest seedling per space. Sow 40-50 days before first fall frost for late summer/fall harvest.

How much does a packet plant: 10-15 foot single row 

HarvestRemove outer leaves starting at 4-6” for baby salad greens. Use the mature leaves and center ribs cooked or raw.

Tips: Needs fertile well-drained soil. Tolerates both cold and hot temperatures and can grow from spring until frost. Sow a few times a summer for continuous greens. 







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Hannah W.
United States United States
So tasty!

The Swiss chard I bought did grow well. It hasn’t had any issues with bolting and it has been very tasty. I only wish there had been more seeds.

Nancy K.
United States United States
Bright lights Swiss chard

I always plant this variety because it is so pretty. It germinated fine for me. I am just harvesting it now.

Robert P.
United States United States
Swiss chard

Came up well, taste great, has a long harvest season

Matt R.
United States United States
Great product, susceptible to bugs

The first two year I grew this it was one of the superstars of my Boston area garden. I’ve had considerable issues since. I think I have finally identified the culprit as leaf miners. Affects my beets too. But when they don’t get involved its is a great variety. Color, flavor, produces throughout the season, reasonably prolific. Large but tender leaves and tasty stalks.

Barbara F.
United States United States
Bright lights Swiss chard: we planted this in our plastic sheet covered growing environment . The weather was cold , warm, cold and lately very hot. We started harvesting the beautiful healthy leaves when they were 3-5 inches tall. And continue to make a Harvest every 5-7 days. We eat the silky leaves raw in salads, often wit chopped purple cabbage and dressing of maple syrup, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, other such items. It’s a really refreshing salad on a hot Nebraska day.

Good except we didn’t order enough fordex beans!!