Produces nutritious greens from early spring until the first hard freeze in the fall. Unfazed by summer heat. A very popular variety! Average: 50 days to harvest.
Detailed planting instructions:
Start planting about 2 to 3 weeks before last expected frost. Sow seeds 1/2 to 1 inch deep, 2 to 6 inches apart, in rows 18 to 24 apart. Like beets, chard "seeds" produce more than one plant, and so will require
thinning. Thin to 6" to 12" spacings.
If you plan to harvest whole plants, make succession plantings through late summer. Start seed inside for earlier crops, or if you want to arrange different colored plants of the variety "Bright Lights."
Mulch plants to retain moisture and suppress weeds. You can begin harvesting when leaves reach usable size.
Remove a leaf or two from each plant, or cut plants an inch or two above the soil for cut-and-come-again
As plants age, older leaves get tough. Cut plants back to about 3 to 5 inches tall to encourage a flush of new, tender growth.
Chard will be ready for harvest in 50 to 60 days from sowing. Pick outside leaves as early as three inches long but before leaves grow to 10 inches long. Older leaves will have an earthy flavor. Harvest chard on a cut-and-come-again schedule; remove a few outside leaves at time. If you harvest the whole plant, cut it back to about 3 inches above the soil and it will grow back. Chard that over winters can be harvested
again the second year.
Harvest seed stalks as they dry and thresh with a flail or by stomping. After threshed use a ½" and ¼" screen to help with cleaning. Chard seed remains viable for 4-6 years under cool and dry storage conditions.
- Comes in E-Z Lock resealable, reusable triple-layered foil packets
- Seeds are open pollinated and can be grown, harvested, and replanted endlessly
- Dried & sealed airtight for long-term storage
- Nutritional value: Contains calcium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, and niacin.