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Swiss Chard 'Bright Lights'

Beta vulgaris 'Bright lights'

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

30cm

Min

20cm

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Swiss Chard 'Bright Lights' Overview

Very decorative vegetable with attractive stems right throughout the year in gold, pink, orange, purple, red and white plus green or bronze leaves. Suitable for both the vegetable garden and flower border, this newcomer is going to make itself known in salads, steamed and juiced. Cover chard with straw or leaves as an insulating layer overwinter in cold climates and it will continue to produce new leaves the following spring.

Common problems with Swiss Chard 'Bright Lights'

Snout beetles nibble round holes in the leaves.

How to harvest Swiss Chard 'Bright Lights'

Bright lights keep on producing leaves for a very long cropping period. Harvest young tasty leaves or mature leaves, they do not develop a bitter taste.

How to propagate Swiss Chard 'Bright Lights'

Seed

Soak seeds in lukewarm water for 15 minutes to speed up germination. Sow the seeds 1 cm deep and a 5cm apart directly in the garden, or into trays and plant out when 5-10cm high.

Special features of Swiss Chard 'Bright Lights'

Pot plant

Does exceptionally well in containers, pots should be at least 30cm deep and 30cm across; a 35cm pot will comfortably accommodate three or four plants.

Attractive leaves

Colorful stems add interest to dark green leaves.

Other uses of Swiss Chard 'Bright Lights'

Edible

The leaves and stems are edible, when the central ribs are 'rhubarb' like, the stems can be cut and used as a celery substitute.

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