Swiss Chard

Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard

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.

   Open Pollinated
Approximately 50 seeds per gram.
  • SW851/S
  • 3 grams
  • $2.75

  • SW851/P
  • 7 grams
  • $3.50

  • SW851/B
  • 1 oz
  • $5.25

  • SW851C1
  • 1/4 lb
  • $7.95

  • SW851C2
  • 1 lb
  • $12.95
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Soil Temp for Germ.Days to EmergenceSeed DepthThin Plants ToSeed SpacingRow SpacingMin. Germ.Seed LifeSeeds per gramFertilizer Needs
50-75°F5-171/2"10-16"2-3"18-24"75%2 years≈ 50Medium

Beta vulgaris, Cicla Group
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

Direct Sowing
• 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
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Great Chard
Jan 2, 2016  |  By Laurie
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I'm in love with this chard. Grew it for the first time this past summer, and am already ordering it for next year. It grew well in our hard(er) Colorado soil, and wasn't bothered by our crazy temperature swings. And it was delicious! Compared to the Bright Lights which I've grown in the past, the tasted better and completely out performed. Will definitely grow this next year too!