Swiss Chard, Neon Lights Blend
Four bright shining colors in one packet!
Days To Maturity
2-4 weeks BLF
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 Maturity60 daysSunFull SunSpread8 inchesHeight12-16 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerSow Time2-4 weeks BLFThin12 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Swiss Chard, Neon Lights Blend is rated out of 5 by 5.Rated 1 out of 5 by Cincha from never came up My white chard did really well this year, but the neon lights didn't even come up.Date published: 2013-10-05Rated 4 out of 5 by treecurtis from 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: 2013-07-07Rated 4 out of 5 by Anonymous from 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: 2012-01-10Rated 5 out of 5 by missprn from 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: 2011-01-30Rated 4 out of 5 by RitaPDX from Bright and Pretty These 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.Date published: 2009-10-22