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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


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 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 suggested measurement. Start transplanting a week or two before last frost. Space 10-18" apart.  

Sowing Outdoors: Mid spring into early summer. Starting when 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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Barbara F.
United States United States
I recommend this product
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!!

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Great Results!

As a fairly new gardener that has never grown Swiss chard before, I can say how easy this was. My first seedlings got eaten by a rabbit, but I fixed the fence and was successful. I don't remember the germination rate, but it was very good. I raised around 8 plants, each doing well in limited space. These certainly live up to the name, beautiful colours and great taste stir-fried. Will buy again

Debbie .
United States United States
I recommend this product
Bright lights swiss chard

Since it is still spring, and a late spring here, all I can say is that they have come up very nicely. I keep reemay over newly seeded areas, until they are established, and to keep the woodchuck from eating them so that helps. Otherwise, I won’t know much for several weeks. I have grown these repeatedly in the past and have been happy with them.

Patricia Z.
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Love it!

I am growing this in hydroponics and works great and tast is good too!

Shelda C.
United States
Swiss Chard

I planted the seeds in the house. They germinated and became tiny baby plants. They are in the garden now growing fast. I am in hopes of having some to eat in a few weeks. Looking good.