Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard Seed Heirloom
Our Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard seed is open pollinated. (50 days) Open-pollinated. Broad white stems, leaves dark green and savoyed with white veins. Strains of green Swiss Chard have been around since 1750.
For me this chard started growing basically overnight, and has yet to stop two months later. It has been hailed on, rained on for days on end, flooded, trampled by a goat, mowed down by a goat, left unwatered for a week, and it just keeps going! Harvesting from the outer stalks, each plant puts on more and more stalks.
While it's most attractive when raw, this chard does develop a deep green color when cooked, even in the stalks. The flavor is strong in a good way; you won't forget what you're eating!
100 seed per pack plants a 20 ft row. 94% germination.
Chard Culture: Hardy and easy to grow. Direct seed 2" apart. Same species as beets. Salzer's 1915 catalog reads: Swiss chard produces more food for the table than almost any other vegetable and it also requires less care; it yields a constant crop from July to winter. Plants will grow quite large. Space according to use: can be direct-seeded 2" apart for baby-leaf harvest; thin to 12-16" apart for large leaves. Soften thick ribs of chard, beets and other greens by braising. Also used for microgreens.
Minimum germination temperature 40°, optimum range 50-85°.
Days to maturity are from direct seeding.
Culture: When to harvest greens? Research from trials conducted in England and Kenya showed looseleaf lettuce, red chard and arugula harvested in the evening had a longer shelf life than when picked in the morning.