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Bright Lights

Bright Lights Chard

(56 days) Open-pollinated. A best seller and 1998 AAS winner from Johnny’s. Bright Lights bathes stems, midribs and secondary veins in a panoply of gold, yellow, orange, pink, intermediate pastels and dazzling stripes. The tenderness of its dark green to bronze leaves and the mildness of its chard flavor impresses all who try it. Young seedlings respond to cut-and-come-again culture, ideal for mesclun. Developed by John Eaton of Lower Hutt, New Zealand, who found the parent plants, red and yellow, in a small home garden in 1977 and crossed them to standard green and white varieties, selecting for color and flavor over the next fifteen years. Johnny’s worked the following years to preserve the strength and range of the individual colors.
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3036A: 1/16oz for $1.60  
3036B: 1/8oz for $2.90  
3036C: 1/2oz for $4.20  
3036D: 1oz for $6.80  
3036E: 4oz for $21.00  
3036K: 1lb for $75.00  
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Chard

Beta vulgaris (cicla group)

800–2,000 seeds/oz. 116 oz packet sows 5–13 ft; 1 oz plants 80–200 ft.

Culture: Hardy and easy to grow. Direct seed 2" apart. Same species as beets. Salzer’s 1915 catalog opines, “Swiss chard produces more food for the table than almost any other vegetable and it also requires less care; it yields a constant crop from July to winter.” Plants will grow quite large. Space according to use—can be direct-seeded 2" apart for baby-leaf harvest; thin to 12–16" apart for large leaves. Soften thick ribs of chard, beets and other greens by braising. Also used for microgreens.

Minimum germination temperature 40°, optimum range 50–85°.

Greens

Days to maturity are from direct seeding.

Culture: When to harvest greens? Research from trials conducted in England and Kenya showed looseleaf lettuce, red chard and arugula harvested in the evening had a longer shelf life than when picked in the morning.