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A stunning collection of bright colors, these chard plants were bred especially for beauty and taste.
Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla var. flavescens
Average number of days from the time the seed has been sown to harvest, within a specific crop group. If a transplanted crop: average number of days from transplant date. If a crop can be both started in the ground or transplanted, days to maturity refers to direct sowing. Days to maturity for all flowers and herbs is calculated from sown date.
Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).
Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits.
Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.
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[60 days] Developed by New Zealand breeder John Eaton, Bright Lights is one of the more beautiful leafy green mixes around. Colors include everything from scarlet and gold to orange, pink, and purple. All are delicious, especially when harvested young for salads. Eat like beet greens or spinach.
This variety isn’t quite as winter hardy as other chards, but can otherwise be grown year round. (Just give it a bit of protection in the winter.) It’s slow to bolt, so you don’t need to sow it very often. It also can be a prolific self-seeder, so let it go to seed and you’ll have plenty of chard volunteers coming up the following year.
An AAS winner.
Is it easy to grow Chard in my garden? Yes. Start by sowing your chard seeds an inch deep, leaving between 2 and 6 inches apart.
How do I germinate Bright Light Chard? You can soak your seeds overnight before sowing to help speed up germination. Chard seeds tend to germinate in 5 to 7 days in warmer soil (16-18°C), however, they can take up to 3 weeks in colder conditions. Your seeds will not germinate if your soil is colder than 10°C.
Can you eat Bright Lights chard? Yes! Of course! Best cut and prepared much like asparagus we prefer to simmer in boiling water (3-4min) and then transfer to a pan with butter and a little salt and quickly fry for 1-2min. Serve and enjoy.
Seed Starting. First Frost Dates
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