The Q&A Archives: Planting Swiss Chard

Question: I have been planting Fordhook Giant Swiss chard for several years with excellent results. Last year and again this year I have also planted Bright Lights Swiss chard with disappointing results. Should I be handling these two types of chard differently? The Fordhook germinates well (about 90%) but the Bright Lights only germinates at about 10 to 20%. I plant them at the same time in adjacent rows.

Answer: The standard germination rate for Swiss Chard is 75%, regardless of whether you're growing Fordhook or Bright Lights. Both will grow about 20" high in fertile soil, and the leaves can be harvested as they mature, or the entire plant can be harvested about 60 days after sowing. There are no special growing requirements for Bright Lights so how about giving it another chance in your garden?

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