Chard – Bright Lights

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Swiss Chard, produces a rainbow of coloured stems that are crowned with large leaves of green or bronze. The flavour is deliciously mild and packed with nutritional content. Swiss Chard ‘Bright Lights’ can be harvested from mid-summer to late autumn, and if soils are not excessively wet overwinter, it will re-emerge to give an unbelievably early spring crop! Guaranteed lo brighten the vegetable patch, or why not grow this colourful swiss chard in ornamental borders or in a patio container?

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Latin NameBeta vulgaris subsp. cicla var. flavescens

Sowing Instructions – Direct sow from February – October. Can be sown under cover earlier in a gutter or seed tray and transplanted when large enough to handle. Chard needs an open sunny site in rich, moisture-retentive free-draining soil, although it can tolerate some shade in summer. Add organic matter the autumn or winter prior to sowing if necessary and on poor soils apply a balanced fertiliser, such as Organic GroChar Fertiliser. Sow thinly 2.5cm (1in) deep, 10cm (4in) apart in rows 45cm (18in) apart. Two sowings – one in spring and the second in summer – are usually sufficient. The later sowing provides leaves the following spring when growth resumes. Chard also grows well in a pot, use a minimum 25cm (10in) deep container.

Hints and Tips – This will survive winter frosts to keep producing through until spring. Water before the onset of drought; mulch when the soil is warm and moist. Cover plants for overwintering in October with cloches or protect the crown with straw or similar material, then cover with fleece.

Seeds – 1.5g

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