Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard Seeds - (Beta vulgaris var. cicla)

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SKU:
V1249
Seed Count:
Approx 100 seeds per pack
Days to Maturity:
50-60 days
Days to Germination:
5-10 days @ 55-80F
Light Preference:
Full sun or partial shade
Plant Spacing:
10-12"
Status:
Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
$3.15

Description

Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard - Big in Taste

Broad dark green heavily crumpled leaves with white veins and thick stalks, excellent greens. Grows 24 - 28" tall with 2 1/2" wide stalks. Abundant producer all season, even after light frosts. 

Introduced commercially in 1934 by W. Atlee Burpee & Co. 

History

Both leaf beets and root beets were developed possibly by the Romans from the wild sea-beet, which occurs in coastal regions of Europe and western Asia. Swiss Chard is the same species as the garden beet root and sugar beet but is grown only for its leaves.

Uses

Used by chefs and home cooks for fresh salad greens as well as boosting soup and stews. The thick but tender stalks are edible as well.

Growing Tip

Swiss Chard does not bolt in hot weather the way spinach does. It also is great in cold weather surviving many frosts.

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