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Chard 'Bright Lights' Seeds | Beta Vulgaris | By Mr Fothergills

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Chard "Bright Lights" Seeds | Mr Fothergill's

Our beta vulgaris Chard "Bright Lights" seeds produce an array of stems in up to 7 different colours. Guaranteed to brighten up your vegetable patch, these bright vegetables are crowned with large green or bronze leaves. They have a mild sweet flavour, that tastes delicious raw in salads or gently steamed. These decorative vegetables are also great for borders or growing in containers.

Variety Information

No. Seeds Per Pack 150
Sow Indoors April - July
Sow Outdoors April - July
Location Full Sun, Partial Shade
Harvest Time July - November
Hardiness Hardy Biennial


Rainbow Of Colours
Mild Sweet Flavour
Great For Borders
Buying Guide
Planting Requirements
Planting Guide
Planting Essentials

Chard is easy to grow. Below we address some common queries:

  • Hardiness: this species is hardy and well-suited to the UK's climate.
  • Planting In Pots: can grow in containers 25cm (10in) deep or larger.
  • Position: place in full sun or partial shade.
  • Soil Types: sow in well-prepared, moist, fertile soil.

Germination Requirements: sow directly outside in a well-prepared seedbed.

Planting Distance (Seed Tray): sow seeds 1.5cm (1/2in) deep in modules or trays.

Planting Distance (Ground): sow seeds 1cm (1/2in) deep 30cm (12in) apart.

Soil Preparation: remove weeds and large stones, add organic matter the autumn/ winter prior to sowing.

Thinning: thin seedlings to 7cm (3in) apart for "baby leaves".

Pest Control: cover plants with netting or fleece to protect against birds and pests.

Watering Requirements: water regularly, particularly during dry periods.

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Seeds Jargon

  • F1 Hybrids: hybrid seeds are produced from two specially selected varieties that are kept in isolation. As they are produced from only two plants, seeds are almost identical genetically.
  • Open Pollinated: open pollinated plants aren't isolated from other varieties, so are more genetically diverse.
  • Heirloom: heirloom seeds are historic, some going back to Victorian times, others more recent. Heirloom varieties can be good or bad, depending on how careful the breeder is to maintain genetic similarity.
Hybrids vs Open Pollinated

As hybrids are produced from two specially selected varieties, the quality is more consistent, with a higher germination rate and improved cropping. But, as they require time, resources and know-how to create, they come to the market at a higher cost. They are also genetically unstable, and so if you keep the seeds from the resultant crop, performance is usually poor. Open Pollinated seeds are highly diverse and have often been grown for successfully for decades. Seeds from the resultant crop are usually perform well.

Annual, Biennial and Perennial

Annual plants complete their life cycle within a year, biennials in two years (usually only flowering in the second year) and perennials can live on indefinitely.

Hardy, Half-Hardy and Tender

Hardy and half-hardy plants can survive a light frost, but the latter are best moved indoors during periods of bad weather. Tender plants must be kept indoors, until after the last frost.

We believe that anyone, regardless of ability can successfully grow their own plants at home, and do so in an eco-friendly and sustainable way.

Everyone should have the chance to experience the benefits that plants bring to our lives, and we have put a lot of effort into making sure that all of our products are easy to grow, even for beginners.

Sustainability is at the heart of our ethos and we have done everything we can to ensure that all of our products are as sustainable as possible, be it our plastic free, fully recyclable packaging, GM free seeds or ethically sourced compost.

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About your plants

Based in the heart of England, our trusted nursery will sow and grow thousands of organic vegetables and herbs each year. When each plant reaches the optimum time to be planted in your garden, we will dispatch it directly to your home. Plant Theory vegetables are entirely organic, and are importantly grown in soil that has been tested by the Soil Association, on an English farm that treats quality and sustainability as of utmost importance.


Each plant is grown and stored in plastic-free materials, and for this we are very proud. These include the biodegradable fibre pots that each vegetable is grown in (which can be placed straight in the ground). When ready, they will be carefully wrapped up in specially-designed and sustainably-sourced cardboard packaging. We additionally use moisture-resistant wax paper to keep every plant safe, and subsequently fill each box with straw for added padding. All packaging will be extensively trialled to ensure that your plants arrive safely, but we will still utilise a delicate-parcels courier just to be certain.
How your order will arrive
When Your Plants Arrive…

  • Unpack your plants: Preferably straight after they arrive, you should carefully unpack your plants. They may appear slightly tired after their journey, however they will soon perk up again.
  • Identify each plant: Each type of plant (but not each individual plant) will be clearly labelled. Lay them out into their respective plant types (such as wild rocket, cauliflower, or peas).
  • Provide a drink: The roots of your plants may be dry, so provide all of them with a nourishing drink of water. Ensuring that the roots are stood upright, submerge the roots of each plant for a few minutes in a container of clean water.
Planting Your Vegetables or Herbs…

  • Their position: For the best results, plant your vegetables in a site that receives full sun.
  • Soil types: You should always avoid waterlogged soils. This is because they can lead to root rot and compacted surroundings, which will hinder your vegetables’ growth.
  • Planting distance: Plant your plugs between 15 - 20cm apart, and keep their stems level with the soil. Each row is best spaced 15 - 30cm away from one another.
  • Watering requirements: Water when planting, and also during periods of drought.
  • Hardiness: Our trusted nursery staff will attentively care for your vegetables, and only deliver them when it is warm enough for them to be planted in your garden.
More Information
Common Name Chard
Harvest Month July, August, September, October, November
Is Collection/Mix? No
Plant Family Chenopodiaceae
Needs Ericaceous Compost? No
Type Chard
Veg Type Vegetable
Supplied As Seed Packet
Supplied As Seed Packet
Sow Outdoors Month April, May, June, July
Type Vegetable Plants
Sale Category Seeds
Spring Checklist Seeds
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