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Swiss chard 'Bright lights'

Beta vulgaris 'Bright lights'

Chard, Silver beet (Eng.), Spinasiebeet (Afr.)

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.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

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.

Propagation

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

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.

Geography

Origin
Europe
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

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.

Personality

Family
Amaranthaceae
Flower colour
, Green
Scent
None

Problems

Snout beetles nibble round holes in the leaves.

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