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This old favorite is still a superior variety in several ways--thick leaves, dark green color, and a compact plant with a nice white stalk.
Germination: 5-10 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-85ºF.
Seed Sowing Depth: 1/2” deep
Starting Indoors: 4-6 weeks before last frost. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot. Thin to the strongest seedling. Fertilize the seedlings every 7-10 days with a liquid or water soluble fertilizer, diluted to ¼ of suggested measurement. Start transplanting a week or two before last frost. Space 10-18" apart.
Sowing Outdoors: Mid spring into early summer. Starting when soil temperature reaches at least 50ºF. Germination is slower in cooler slow temperatures. Sow 3-4 seeds every 10-18” apart. Thin to the strongest seedling per space. Sow 40-50 days before first fall frost for late summer/fall harvest .
How much does a packet plant: 10-15 foot single row
Harvest: Remove outer leaves starting at 4-6” for baby salad greens. Use the mature leaves and center ribs cooked or raw.
Tips: Needs fertile well drained soil. Tolerates both cold and hot temperatures and can grow from spring until frost. Sow a few times a summer for continuous greens.
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Fordhook is an oldie, but a goodie. It's reliable, and prolific. Germination is excellent, production is stellar. You can not ask for a better chard. All of the others are novelties compared to this old favorite.
Excellent chard. I grow this every year with good reason. I also add a few colored chards; this is by far the largest and hardiest of the ones I grow. It has a very nice mild flavor.
Foolproof, doesn't bolt when others do, big crops of delicious leaves, and I get raves for my "spinach" lasagna.
Reliable workhorse of the chard family. First in, last out. Leaves of substance with sweet, meaty, white stalk and veins.