Neon Lights is the most beautiful rainbow chard you can grow; it's better than Bright Lights. Brilliant dazzling colors with no intermediate tones. We've blended four varieties, 25% each: intense red, bright orange, hot pink, and sunny yellow. Sow together in rainbow rows or transplant to group separate colors together. The leaves of all are bright green-excellent in salads when young or cooked any way you use spinach. Sow in early spring, and again in midsummer for a fall and winter crop.
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, Neon Lights Blend is rated
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Rated 4 out of
Queenies Boyfriend from
Abundant cropI planted this to make the front of the fall garden eye-catching. It looks great and we have been eating fresh chard every day since late August. The red plants don't hold up as long as the white and yellow. They tend to wilt faster.
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 2 out of
No neonI planted my first package of Neon Swiss Chard in my greenhouse 3 weeks ago and got 4 plants :(. On the other hand, I think every single beet and Bibb lettuce must have come up. I want the Neon Swiss Chard so much that I am going to plant a second pack of seeds this week.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 1 out of
never came upMy white chard did really well this year, but the neon lights didn't even come up.
Date published: 2013-10-05
Rated 4 out of
So pretty!These are such a pretty and tasty addition to my garden! I especially love the bright neon pink! I wish If you're looking to add texture and color to your vegetable garden, I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2013-07-07
Rated 4 out of
Good COLD-weather plant.They grew quite abundantly, and large- they actually got more like 2' tall than the 12-16" advertised. Very bushy, and came back pretty well after getting harvested from the outer stems. As soon as 75°+ weather hit, though, it died off immediately.
Date published: 2012-01-10
Rated 5 out of
A winner!Neon lights is great! I've grown it for 3 years and have always been satisfied. Yes, slugs can be a problem. Try setting out cheap beer in trays and the slugs will go for that and drown in it too! Or there are a number of organic slug control products avaible. Don't let slugs stop you. This chard is delicious in quiche,salads,sandwiches or lightly sauteed. Grows well in full sun,well drained rich soil!
Date published: 2011-01-30
Rated 4 out of
Bright and PrettyThese looked really cute, the leaves did not grow very big. The slugs attacked them, but once I got rid of them, I got few good harvests. I am hoping they will act as perennials in Portland OR.