Seeds - Chard, Fordhook OG
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Description: An heirloom with broad white stems and midribs and deep-green savoyed leaves. Plants are large, upright and architectural - reaching over 2 feet tall! High-yielding - ideal for home growers and market gardeners.
Pack Size: 1/16 ounce
Latin Name: Beta vulgaris var cicla
Alternative Names: Giant Chard
Main Uses: Culinary
Days to Maturity: 30 days baby leaf, 55 full size
Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Height: 60 - 70 cm (24 - 28 inches)
Certified Organic: USDA Certified Organic
Germination: 7 - 14 days at 13º - 23ºC.
Seeding Depth: 1/2”
Spacing: Sow seeds every 2” in rows 18 - 24” apart. Thin to 4 - 8” apart. For baby greens, sow more thickly and do not thin.
When to Sow: Mid-spring through mid-summer.
Sowing Indoors: 4 - 6 weeks before planting out time. Transplants will result in earlier harvests. Chard transplants may also be started in a cold frame.
Soil and Nutrient Requirements: Provide loose, well-drained soils with the addition of good quality compost, such as Sea Soil. Heavy clay soils will benefit from the the addition of organic matter and Greensand.
Growing in Containers: Grows very well in larger containers and raised beds.
Fertilizing (Containers): Add 25% quality compost to potting mix; fertilize weekly with a higher-nitrogen organic plant food such as fish-based fertilizer.
Watering (Containers): Water deeply when top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Check every day or two during very hot weather.
Growing in Mixed Planters: This variety is well-suited for larger mixed planters such as a half barrels.
Fertilizing (Garden): Plant in garden beds recently amended with quality compost. No additional fertilizing is required.
Watering (Garden): Water daily for the first two weeks post transplanting. Check on plants during hot weather, and water if soil is very dry or plants are wilty.
Notes: Chard is an idea green for growing during the hot summer months and typically performs better than lettuce. Sow every 2 weeks for a continual harvest.
Suitability for Indoors: Not ideal for indoors, but can be grown as a specialized crop.
What about Grow Lights? Grow lights are required to grow this variety indoors.