Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard
60 days. A staple for delicious fresh greens since the 1920s, this mammoth strain easily reaches a full 2 feet tall, easily one of the largest Swiss chard varieties we've grown. Heavily puckered, fleshy leaves emerge with mint green stalks and quickly mature to a pure ivory color. The stalks and leaves are loaded with nutrition and fiber. This all-season selection is a dependable all-season producer.
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|Soil Temp for Germ.||Days to Emergence||Seed Depth||Thin Plants To||Seed Spacing||Row Spacing||Min. Germ.||Seed Life||Seeds per gram||Fertilizer Needs|
|50-75°F||5-17||1/2"||10-16"||2-3"||18-24"||75%||2 years||≈ 50||Medium|
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Swiss chard is a vegetable that is in the same family as the common beet, however while the root of the beet is commonly eaten, it's the leaves of the Swiss chard that are consumed. Recent nutritional analysis has shown that Swiss chard is second only to spinach on the world's healthiest vegetable list. Packed with anthocyanins and fiber it's one of the most antioxidant rich foods as demonstrated in the vivid colors of the leaves.
Days to maturity are calculated from date of direct seeding.
• Swiss chard grows best in cool weather and overwinters in mild climates
• Apply 1 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer per 5 row feet, and 1 inch of compost
• Cover beds with row cover if temperatures are cool
• Sow mid-spring through summer
• Thin when plants reach a height of 3 inches
• Start indoors 3-4 weeks before anticipated transplant date
• Start June-July for transplanting July-August for a fall/winter crop
Insects & Diseases
• Common insects: Aphids, leaf miners, flea beetles, and leaf hoppers
• Insect control: Pick off affected leaves and check for eggs — spray with Neem oil, use silver mulch
• Common diseases: Leaf spot
• Disease prevention: 3-4 year crop rotation, remove debris
Harvest & Storage
• Harvest leaves from the outside, taking care not to damage the growing point
• Store at 36°F and 95% relative humidity