All-America Selections winner. A rainbow of color in a seed packet.
This stunning chard seed mix has stems in gold, pink and crimson. A few plants will be white and pink striped, orange, scarlet, purple, green and white. All are delicious to eat, though they are at their best harvested young for salads. GARDEN HINTS: Easy to grow; eat it like spinach or beet greens. Pick from late spring until winter. Grows best in full sun and will tolerate light shade.
Days To Maturity
The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.
The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.
The width of the plant at maturity.
The typical height of this product at maturity.
This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.
The recommended time of the year in which this product should be planted.
Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
Start Indoors Fall
Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
Start Outdoors Fall
Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
First Date: Apr-18 - Last Date: Jul-11
How to Sow
Sow in average soil in full sun spring as soon as ground can be worked.
Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
Sow about 6 inches apart and cover with ½ inch fine soil.
Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days.
Thin stand to about 12 inches apart when seedlings are 1-2 inches tall.
How to Grow
Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. Avoid disturbing the soil around the plants when weeding.
Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote rapid, uninterrupted growth. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
If flower stalk appears, remove it to prolong the harvest.
Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
Harvest and Preserving Tips
Begin harvesting leaves when they reach 5-6 inches or are large enough to use.
Break off the outer leaves at their base, taking care not to damage the inner leaves.
Plants that are harvested regularly will continue to produce new growth from the center of the plant.
Both the leaves and stalks are edible raw, steamed, and sautéed, but avoid the lower 2-3 inches of the stalk as it may be fibrous and tough.
Swiss chard may be blanched and frozen. Stems may be pickled.
Days To Maturity
2-4 weeks BLF
Swiss Chard, Bright Lights is rated
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Rated 4 out of
Slow Start, Strong FinishGreat color and adequate taste. Seeds germinate at a rate of less than 50% and seedlings grow very slowly and are extremely fragile and weak until about 2 weeks after they emerge.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of
Beautiful and tastyI planted this from seed as a second summer veggie. This is my first year growing swiss chard. Germination was very good and easy to grow. The swiss chard is very vibrant in color and adds beauty to my black berry patch. Taste us superb fresh in a salad and sautéd with some garlic and wine. A definite staple to my garden.
Date published: 2016-09-27
Rated 5 out of
Bright and TastyJust love the color it added to my garden plus the taste was terrific for salads. Because of the colors, it really made you feel happy just looking at it. The eating was a plus.
Date published: 2014-09-21
Rated 5 out of
Amazing Swiss ChardThis is my first try at growing Swiss Chard and I am truly impressed. Like beets, they take a long time to sprout, but that may be because I planted them a bit early in the season. When they did come up, it was with a vengeance. The stalks are very colorful and the leaves are huge. I am a big spinach fan, but I like this even better. The flavor is similar but without the iron taste of spinach. Even the stalks are tender with no toughness or stringiness at all. So far, June 9, 2014, there is no sign of bolting or any toughening of the leaves and stalks, and my spinach has already succumbed to the hot Kansas sun. Being from the mountains of Kentucky where we eat almost every kind of green available, I love spinach, turnip, mustard, and the rest, but from now on, Burpee's Bright Lights Swiss Chard will be the one I plant the most of. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Date published: 2014-06-09
Rated 5 out of
Nothing but good things to say!I've grown these for several years in containers. I've had consistently great seed germination rates (Though sometimes they pop up a month or two after the rest!) and wonderful yields. The colors are fun, and double as a decorative plants. I've had neighbors ask me what I'm growing, because they want to put some on their porch!
The larger the container, the larger the leaves. If you just want small leaves for salads, then it's just fine to squish them together in a smaller container. But if you put them in a bigger container, whoa! They go crazy! They'll do just fine in full sun or part shade, and they pull through droughts and frosts just fine.
While they do get somewhat more bitter in the Texas heat, in the summer I simply stop using them raw or sauteed and instead make quiches. The Bright Lights look lovely in a quiche, the stems giving it colors all across the top.
Date published: 2013-12-09
Rated 3 out of
Not as describedGrew nicely. Tastes as it should. Did not contain all the color varieties described. As it grew, we discovered it was white, yellow (orange), and scarlet. There was none of the striped, none of the purple and very little of the scarlet. I specifically wanted the brightest, most colorful chard available and I was disappointed.
Date published: 2013-08-14
Rated 5 out of
Brightest LightsI bought a plant of this type of swiss chard and was very impressed. I made a nice raised bed to plant some others cool season crops- crops that grow well in cool weather and shade- and this plant in a shady section of my back yard where my old swing-set used to be. We lost all of the plants except this one to a squirrel invasion. I guess this plant is squirrel-proof. The plant thrived in the cool shady area and gave us large colorful-stemmed leaves. I watered it once a week because it was in the shade and the water would last longer. I pruned any dying or ill-looked leaves. The tasty leaves provided us with salads, toppings on other dishes, and chicken salad sandwiches which my mom enjoyed. The colors came in red, white, yellow, and, orange with a bright color in a dark shady spot. The plant grew about 7 inches wide and 13 inches high. To grow this plant successfully, plant it in a shady area, water it less frequently than warm season crops, and prune all ill appeared leaves. Here is a delectable recipe that includes the swiss chard:
Clementine Salad With Swiss Chard
-2 heads of lettuce
-10 to 15 large leaves of Swiss Chard
-8 clementines (peeled)
-1/4 cup of pecans (whole or minced)
-1/2 cup arugula
-1/8 cup thinly sliced kohlrabi
Cut lettuce heads, swiss chard, and arugula into small pieces. Mix all.
Separate the Clementines into the eight divisions they are composed of.
Combine and mix all of the greens, pecans, clementines, and kohlrabi in a large salad bowl.
Top with parmesan cheese to your liking.
Serves about 3.
Good Luck! Happy Planting!
Date published: 2012-11-25
Rated 5 out of
Terrific PlantThis chard produced all summer, a ton of delicious and varied chard. We couldn't believe how much it kept producing -- all the way to October until the first really hard frost. I'm buying this again.