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Beta vulgaris Cicla Group 'Bright Lights'

Beta vulgaris Cicla Group 'Bright Lights'
Still going in late October (after the first few frosts, but before the first hard freeze)

Common name swiss chard
Family chenopodiaceae
Life cycle cultivated as annual vegetable
Size 2'
Light sun
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensearly August

Among the most colorful inhabitants of our vegetable garden, 'Bright Lights' swiss chard gets reinvited every year. We like it as an unusual green (sauteed in olive oil with onions and garlic!), and the splash of color in the veggie garden (from its cream, yellow, orange, red, and green stalks) is most welcome too.

swiss chard
January 1: hard freezes have hit the plant, but it still shows its now almost irridescent colors
Beta vulgaris Cicla Group 'Bright Lights'
Late March: waking up after winter. It's not worth growing a second season as a vegetable, but at least we could see how the funny-shaped seeds come about.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from Pinetree (packed for 2008). Baggy 70F (91%G, 4-10d)
  2. Seed from Pinetree (packed for 2008). Baggy 70F (78%G, 4d)
  3. Seed from Pinetree (packed for 2008). Baggy 70F (100%G, 4-7d)
  4. Seed from Pinetree (packed for 2008). Baggy 70F (55%G, 4-7d)

Seed holds up fairly well in dry storage.

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