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Bright Lights Swiss Chard (50 Days)

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)


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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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Megan G.
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I recommend this product

Great germination rates

So far all seeds are germinating quickly, producing health-looking seedlings!

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These are easy to grow and are always very large and healthy. They are not as bothered by bugs as other green veggies. The groundhogs don't bother them either.

Jamie M.
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Sprouted quickly!

Lovely sprouts thus far, cannot wait until they are mature enough to use in cooking.

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Charlotte S.
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I live in the Sonoran Desert, an ecosystem quite different that Pinetree's. I need to order seeds early and start them early before it gets hot here. Pinetree provides seeds early and reliably. I order a few veggie seeds like the colorful chard, but I mostly order a lot of sunflower seeds from Pinetree. That's so I can feed the bees and the birds here. Pinetree has a great selection of sunflowers! Overall, I find Pinetree to be an excellent source of seeds. I recommend Pinetree to everyone!

Lester E.
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Annother Great Chard

Excellent germination this spring and strong plants.