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BETA vulgaris ssp. cicla( Bright Lights Mix)
A 1998 All-American Selections Winner, 'Bright Lights' chards are as tasty as they are beautiful. This popular chard mix offers plants with colorful stems of yellow, red, orange, pink and apricot topped with enormous leaves of deep green or purple. The stems even hold their color after cooking.
Swiss chard is planted for its big crinkled leaves that can be eaten in salads, soups or simply steamed or sautéed. Usually grown as an annual, it is a true biennial. Unlike its cousin the beet, chard is not grown for its fleshy roots but for its large edible leaves and fleshy stems that can be harvested all season. If not harvested in the first year plants will produce spikes of unimpressive flowers the second year.
This is an easy vegetable to grow. It prefers full sun and fertile, slightly alkaline garden soil. It is quite heat tolerant but flourishes in cooler seasons. In fact, the leaves may become bitter in extremely hot weather. Plants may be directly seeded or transplanted into the vegetable garden. Sow chard a few weeks before the last frost date in temperate zones and in the winter in warm, frost-free areas. Feed with a balanced fertilizer and water regularly.
Harvest can begin 50 to 60 days after seeding. Leaves should be gathered by cutting the oldest outer stems close to the ground. These have a short shelf life, so eat them quickly.
Standard chard has dark glossy green leaves and white stems and veins—very boring compared to the leaves of ‘Bright Lights.’ They are so pretty they can be incorporated into container plantings and mixed borders.
12 - 1
6 - 10
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12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm
Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer
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White, Yellow, Green, Purple, Orange, Dark Green, Pink, Crimson
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