Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard
Beta vulgari var cicla
If you have eaten swiss chard, you have probably eaten Ford Hook Giant. This is a very common and well-known variety that has been a market leader for years. It will cross with other chards and beets.
Seed count: Approximately 50 seeds
Best planting: August – May
Ease of growth: Very easy
Heirloom: Typically a variety that is older than 60 years.
- Height/width of the plant: 65+ cm
- Growth type: This plant has a bush or compact growth habit.
- Ideal germination temperature: 15°C
- Average germination in days: 7-10 days
- Sow method: The seed is best suited to starting off in seed trays and then transplanted once they are past the two true leaf stage, however, it can be sown directly in the soil from the start.
- Plant type: Hardy, Perennial
- Plant use: Grown either mainly as a leaf crop or the young leaves can be used as salad greens.
- Plant/row spacing: 40 cm/50 cm
- Days to harvest: 55 days
- Seed treatment: Certain seeds like beetroot and swiss chards have a very corky seed coat. Soaking them overnight allows water to penetrate the coat and assists with germination.