Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

This packet sows up to 46 feet.
5 out of 5 stars
(4 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
'Fordhook Giant' is an old favorite with its broad, strong stems and large leaves packed with vitamins and minerals. A vigorous grower with a long growing season, it will provide fresh greens from early summer into fall, and year-round in mild climates. White stem varieties are generally more bolt and cold tolerant and more productive than colored stem varieties. Young leaves are great for salads. Glows in containers as an ornamental.
$2.69 2 grams (~140 seeds)

Botanical Name: Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris

Days to Maturity: 50–60 days

Family: Amaranthaceae

Native: Mediterranean region, Europe

Hardiness: Biennial; fairly cold tolerant. Will overwinter in mild climates and withstand light to moderate freezes.

Plant Dimensions: Up to 24" tall

Variety Information: Large, glossy, dark green, deeply crumpled leaves with broad white petioles (leafstalks).

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 40°F, ideally 75°–90°F. Sow as late as 2 months before first fall frost. Mild Climates: Sow in fall.

When to Start Inside: 4 to 6 weeks before transplanting out, 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date (protect from heavy freezes).

Days to Emerge: 5–10 days

Seed Depth: ½"

Seed Spacing: A group of 2–3 seeds every 6"–8"

Row Spacing: 18"

Thinning: When ½" tall, thin to 1 every 8"

Harvesting: Pick up to 1/3 of the outer leaves as needed, and let more leaves grow from the center of the plant; or, if desired, harvest the whole plant 2" above ground, and it will grow back. Pick very young leaves, at 2"-4" for using fresh in salads.

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Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard Seeds Reviews

4 reviews

Effortless Swiss Chard

5 out of 5 stars Jul 20, 2018
Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard has served our urban farm well. The germination rate from seed was nearly 100%. The leaves holds up well through the summer heat, as well as lasting deep into Michigan's winter months in our hoop house. The slightly salty flavor is praised by everyone who tries it...a very dependable variety for home, market farm, and community garden!
Laurie Wieschowski from MI

Swiss chard

5 out of 5 stars Aug 23, 2021
Very hardy and very good when cooked.
Diverna from TX

great results

5 out of 5 stars Jan 15, 2022
I've never really grown chard before and didn't know what to expect. This did great, even under less than ideal circumstances. Germination and hardiness were great. I planted them in the spring, and I was still harvesting a couple weeks ago (end of December in zone 5).
lisa from IN

Looks to be strong so far

5 out of 5 stars May 2, 2022
This was started in my small greenhouse, so it got a head start & looks to be doing well despite the extra chilly early spring, I did cover them with a garden blanket with the recent frost alert. I will monitor and update as they grow!!
V from NY

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