Recently Added Items

Seeds of Change
Featured Videos
Planning your Garden

The 5 Keys to setting up your successful garden.

Soil Preparation

Put your effort into building good soil for easier garden maintenance and long lasting rewards.

Direct Seeding and Transplanting

Step by step instructions for getting your crops growing.

Chard, Fordhook
No reviews  WRITE A REVIEW

Beta vulgaris

This classic Swiss chard has medium green, savoyed leaves accented with white veins on broad white stems. The healthy greens have a hearty spinach flavor and are delicious steamed or sautéed. This easy-to-grow crop tolerates summer heat as well as cooler fall temperatures.

Calendar Days to Harvest: 55

05927 Pack, Chard, Fordhook
100 seeds $ 3.49
  • Open Pollinated
  • Size: 16 -18 inch leaves
  • Hardiness: Hardy Biennial
  • Easy to Grow: Yes
  • Sun: Full
  • Water: Moderate
  • Seed Planting Depth: 0.50"
  • Days to Germination: 7-12 days
  • Plant spacing within a row: 4"-8"
Start From Seed: Detailed instructions for direct seeding, or starting seeds indoors and transplanting.
Chard is most commonly direct seeded, but may be transplanted. Direct seed beginning on the last spring frost date. Plant seeds ½ to ¾ inch deep, 2-3 inches apart, allowing 12-18 inches between rows. Seeds germinate in 7-12 days. Thin to 8-12 inches apart as the plants get larger (you can eat the thinnings). To start seedlings indoors, fill starter trays with a sterile seed starting mix. Plant 2 seeds per cell, 1/2 inch deep. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 65-75°F. Thin to 1 plant per cell. Harden-off seedlings for 5–7 days prior to transplanting. After the last frost, transplant 3-4 week old seedlings outside in a fertile garden bed 8-12 inches apart, allowing 12-18 inches between rows. Be careful not to disturb the roots when transplanting.
Growing Conditions: Growing seasons, soil types, water and fertility requirements.
Chard can be grown from early spring through fall, and year-round in mild climates. It is tolerant of a broad range of growing conditions and soil types, but grows best on silt-loam or sandy-loam soils with a pH of 6.0-7.0. Maintain uniform soil moisture for the most tender leaves, but avoid waterlogging. Chard grows best during the 60-70°F days and cool nights of spring and fall. While heat tolerant, it should be grown in partial shade in hot climates.
Pest Prevention: Organic solutions to common problems.
Chard is a relatively pest and disease-free crop. Practice crop rotations to prevent Cercospora Leaf Spot and other soil borne diseases. Use row covers to exclude leaf-miners, or crush them in the leaf. Protect young seedlings from slugs and snails.
Harvest: Is it ready yet? When to harvest and how to store your garden produce.
Harvest chard continuously a few leaves at a time starting at the bottom of the plant while the leaves are tender. Leave the newly forming leaves at the top to keep growing. Delicate chard leaves are best used right away, but will keep a few days in the refrigerator.
No reviews

Write your own Review
You are viewing : Chard, Fordhook

How do you rate this product? *

Title: *

Review: *

Required Fields*