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Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard Seeds

  • Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard Seeds
  • Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard Seeds
  • Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard Seeds
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Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard Seeds

Beta vulgaris

From Ophidian Farms - always organic!

60 days.  Introduced in the 1750s, a very popular heirloom chard has been around longer than granny. Fordhook giant chard is a vigorous variety that is noted for its dark green, deeply savoyed leaves and thick white stems. Plants are tall at 22-27 inches and extremely wide.  Abundant crops all season and even after the first frosts. Fordhook Giant has a nice mild flavor. Suitable for both the home garden or fresh market. Fordhook Giant Chard is an excellent poultry, rabbit and goat food source.  The stems are somewhat like celery, and the leaves are wonderfully tender and juicy. It reaches full size at 55 days but can also be harvested sooner for baby leaf.

Heirloom, open-pollinated, organically-grown seeds.

Botanical Names: Beta vulgaris
Family: Amaranthaceae
Common Names: Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard
Life Cycle: Biennial
Plant Type: Greens


Sowing: Direct sow Fordhook swiss chard about a week after the last spring frost, planting it 1/2" deep in compost-enriched soil in full sun. For harvesting the entire plant, space the plants 4-5" apart; for continual harvesting of the outer stalks, space the plants 8-10" apart for larger growth. For a continuous summer crop, plant more Fordhook swiss chard every two weeks. Germination should occur in about a week. Swiss chard can survive light frosts, and can be planted as a fall crop.

Growing: Keep the soil evenly moist and weed free with a layer of mulch. Moisture is especially crucial to the seedlings in the first stages of their growth.

Harvesting: Individual leaves can be harvested for greens as soon as they reach a height of 6-8". The whole plant can be cut at the surface of the soil, but to ensure continued growth and another harvest, leave an inch of stem. Outer stalks can also be harvested individually, leaving the heart to grow.

Seed Saving: Since Fordhook swiss chard is wind pollinated, be sure to separate them from other varieties of chard and beet by at least two miles to preserve genetic purity. Chard plants must weather the winter in order to produce seed; in warmer climates, simply mulch the plants. In cooler climates, dig up the roots and store them in sand, without the roots touching, in a cool and humid location; plant them in early spring. In the spring, the plants will go to seed; wait until the seed heads are fully grown and dry before removing them. The Beta Vulgaris Cicla seeds will readily come off the stems after they are completely dry. Store the seed in a cool, dry place for up to five years.

Approximately 1500 seeds / ounce

Auction is for 1 packet = 1 gr = 50+ seeds

Germination rate = 90 %

Harvested fresh in fall of 2022, for sale through 2023!

Any information in this listing is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment.

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