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Organic Swiss Chard Seeds, Fordhook Giant

Beta vulgaris
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The perfect green to grow, even in hot weather. Broad, dark green leaves have a delicate spinach flavor. Stems are broad, thick and white. Leaves can be picked at any time or cut leaf stalks just above ground level and the plant will continue to produce all season long. Both stalks and leaves are edible. Delicious in salads, quiche or steamed with butter. Freezes well.

  • SKU: 139802
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Grow best in
Grows
Best In:
Full Sun|Partial Sun
Days to germination
Days to
Germination:
7 to 10 days
Water needs
Water
Needs:
Average 2.5-5 cm (1-2") per week
Days to maturity
Days to
Maturity:
50 to 60 days
Best container size
Best
Container Size:
12"+
Key Features Chevron Down Chevron Forward
  • Plant Type: Vegetable
  • Botanical Name: Beta vulgaris
  • Fill Weight (grams): 0.9
  • Approximate Seed Count: 40-45
  • Plant Lifecycle: Annual
  • Seed Type: Heirloom
  • Water Needs: Average 2.5-5 cm (1-2") per week
  • Flavor: Mild and earthy taste
  • Preparation Ideas: Leaves can be used in place of spinach in salads, stir fried, or sauteed while the stalks can be creamed.
Instructions Chevron Down Chevron Forward
    Growing Instructions:

    Swiss chard should be sown directly into the garden when the soil is warm and all danger of frost is past. To speed up germination, soak seeds overnight in room temperature water before planting. Soil temperature (not air temperature) should be between 13-24°C (55-75°F) . Space seeds and plant to the depth indicated below. Press seeds into the soil to ensure good contact and cover with 1.3 cm (1/2") of soil. After planting, water seeds with a gentle mist or shower. It is critical to keep the soil consistently moist, but not soggy during germination. When your seedlings reach a height of a few centimetres (inches) and have developed 2 or 3 pairs of leaves, it is important to thin them out, according to the plant spacing indicated below. Thinnings can be used as fresh greens. Do not allow the soil to become dry, as young plants have underdeveloped roots and can quickly dehydrate, particularly in windy conditions. Swiss chard grows quickly and more seeds can be succession planted every 10 days for 4 weeks for a continuous supply of fresh chard.

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  • Planting Depth: 1.3 cm (1/2")
  • Seed Spacing: 2.5 cm (1")
  • Plant Spacing: 25 cm (10")
  • Row Spacing: 45 cm (18")

  • Instructions for Nutrient Care: Feed plants SUPERthrive once per week. Mix 1.2 ml (1/4 tsp) per 4L (1 gallon) of water in a watering can and apply solution to the base of the plants.
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Growing Suggestions:
  • Swiss chard is a member of the beet family and grows well both in cool and warm weather.
  • Both the leaves and stems can be eaten cooked or raw.
  • Water regularly to promote plenty of fresh leafy growth and to stop the plants from bolting. Bolting is when plants stop vegetative growth and start flowering, marking the end of the harvest.
  • When plants are about 30 cm (12") tall, cut leaves back to 7-12 cm (3 -5") to encourage new tender growth. If chard plants become overgrown, they become less flavorful.
  • Depending on the size of leaves you want, harvest can take place when plants are 15-20 cm (6-8") tall. Chard can be harvested as a 'cut and come again' crop. Cut off older outer leaves 4 cm (1-1/2") above the ground with a sharp knife. Avoid damaging the plant’s center and the young leaves will continue to grow.

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