Swiss Chard 'Bright Lights'
Beta vulgaris (Cicla Group) 'Bright Lights'
Also known as
Chard, Silver Beet, Spinasiebeet (Afr.)
2 years to reach maturity
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.
Swiss Chard 'Bright Lights' Companion Plants
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'
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'
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.
Colorful stems add interest to dark green leaves.
Other uses of Swiss Chard 'Bright Lights'
The leaves and stems are edible, when the central ribs are 'rhubarb' like, the stems can be cut and used as a celery substitute.