Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard is a classic, heirloom chard with thick white stems and dark green leaves, growing 2.5’ above the ground. Incredibly vigorous, thriving in a wide range of temperatures and soils. Not to mention, packed with tons of nutritious antioxidants and fiber. We pick this chard will into December, as it survives the frost better than any other variety we know of. Fordhook Farm was the name of Burbee Seed Company’s research farm from 1750 to 1980 and is where this impressive chard was bred.
Days to Maturity: 30 to baby, 60 to full size
Latin name: Beta vulgaris
Life cycle for seed saving: Biennial
Direct sow Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard or transplant as soon as soil temps are above 45°. Seeding depth: ¼”. Seeding rate for baby leaf: 3-4 seeds/inch. If starting indoors, transplant at 12-18”. Row spacing: 18-30” for full size.
All of our seed is Non-GMO and Certified Organic by Washington State Department of Agriculture. We grow the majority of our varieties here at Deep Harvest Farm on Whidbey Island while we purchase the rest from other small, organic Northwest seed growers. Finally, all of our offerings are open-pollinated (OP) so that you too can save and share seed from these plants!