Growing Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard Vegetable Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: beta vulgaris subsp. circla
- Other Names:
- Days to Maturity: 60 days
- Hardiness Zone: 6+
- Planting Depth: ¼”
- Plant Spacing: 18”
- Row Spacing: 18-24”
- Growth Habit: Upright
- Soil Preference: Rich soil with a pH level of 6 to 6.4
- Temp Preference: Cool
- Light Preference: Full or Partial Sun
- Pests/diseases: Susceptible to Slugs and aphids
- Color: Dark green leaves with white stems.
- Flavor: Similar to spinach and beet
Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard thrives in areas in zones 6 and above. They need full sun and lots of water to grow to their full potential. The soil type is also important for their growth. Be sure to use soil with a pH around 6 to 6.4. To accomplish this, it can be helpful to mix both compost and sand into the soil being used. Sow them in the spring a couple of weeks before the final frost of the season. Keep around 18-24 inches between plants and rows, allowing these large plants to reach their full size. After around 60 days, the Giant Swiss Chard leaves are ready to be harvested. They can be harvested individually, or as an entire head. Regardless, it is beneficial to keep the Fordhook Giant heads intact throughout the harvest, so that they can continue to produce leaves throughout the rest of the growing season.
These giant swiss chard leaves are an excellent choice for a grower looking for a productive harvest. They are easy to grow at home, and produce mass amounts of swiss chard, which tastes similar to spinach.
Seeds Per Package:
- 3 g - Approximately 100 Seeds
- 1 oz - Approximately 1,100 Seeds
- 4 oz - Approximately 4,450 Seeds
- 1 lb - Approximately 17,480 Seeds
- 5 lb - Approximately 88,400 Seeds
- 25 lb - Approximately 442,000 Seeds