Swiss Chard Fordhook Giant
Swiss Chard Fordhook Giant. Heavily savoyed leaves with a superb dark green colour and contrasting ivory stems that make an excellent alternative to spinach. The flavoursome leaves are thick and tender, making an appealing steamed vegetable or a colourful addition to stir fries. Swiss Chard ‘Fordhook Giant’ is a well established variety from the 1920’s and remains popular today. As the name suggests, this monster Swiss Chard grows up 60cm (24″) tall, making an impressive display on the vegetable plot, or even in your flower borders!
Height: 60cm (24″). Spread: 50cm (20″).
March – August
March – September
How to sow
Direct sow Leaf Beet seed outdoors from March to August. Grow Swiss Chard in a well prepared, moist, fertile seedbed in full sun or partial shade. Sow seeds thinly at a depth of 1cm (½”) in drills 30cm (12″) apart. Thin seedlings to 7cm (3″) apart for ‘baby leaves’ which will be ready to harvest approximately 50 days from sowing. For larger chards/leaves thin to 15cm (6″) apart, or 23cm (9″) for mature plants.
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