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Seeds of Chard Fordhook

Seeds of Chard Fordhook

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Fordhook chard, also known simply as Swiss chard, is a leafy green vegetable that is known for its mild, nutritious flavor. Here you have information about its characteristics, cultivation and care:

Outstanding Features:

  • Fordhook chard leaves are large, dark green and have wide, fleshy stems.
  • It is a versatile leafy vegetable that can be consumed both raw in salads and cooked in various culinary preparations.
  • Fordhook chard is rich in nutrients, including vitamins A, C and K, as well as minerals such as calcium and iron.

Historical origin: Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris var. cicla) is native to the Mediterranean and has been cultivated for centuries in Europe. The Fordhook variety is one of the most popular and widely grown chard varieties today.

Planting to Harvest Time: The time needed from planting to harvest for Fordhook chard is usually approximately 50 to 60 days. May vary slightly depending on growing conditions and climate.

Soil: Fordhook chard thrives in well-drained soil rich in organic matter. A soil pH between 6.0 and 7.0 is ideal. Amend the soil with compost or organic matter before planting to improve its structure and fertility.

Climate and Temperature: Fordhook chard is a cold-hardy plant and can tolerate near-freezing temperatures. It prefers moderate temperatures and grows best in spring and fall. Avoid extreme summer heat, as this can cause the chard to become bitter and prone to seeding (flower and seed production).

Watering: Keep the chard soil consistently moist, but not soggy. Water regularly to prevent the soil from drying out completely, especially during periods of drought. Drip irrigation is an efficient option to maintain constant soil moisture.

Sowing method in the ground and in a pot or container: You can sow Fordhook chard directly in the ground or in pots and containers. If you opt for pots or containers, make sure they have good drainage and are large enough to accommodate the plant's growth. Plant the seeds or seedlings about 1/2 inch deep in the soil or pot.

Germination: Fordhook chard seeds generally germinate in moist soil conditions and moderate temperatures. Germination can take 7 to 14 days. Keep the soil or growing medium moist but not waterlogged during this period.

Fordhook chard is an excellent addition to a home garden due to its ease of cultivation and nutritional value. You can harvest the outer leaves as they grow and they will continue to produce for several weeks.

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