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Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard
  • Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard
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  • Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard
  • Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard

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Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard (100 seeds) (SC102) $2.00

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Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard

         
 
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(B. Vulgaris) Fordhook Giant was introduced in 1924 by W. Altee Burpee. This variety is known for its huge highly crinkled, leaves that reach 2 feet tall. It produces a harvestable crop in about 60 days. Swiss Chards are among the healthiest of all cultivated vegetables. Fordhook Giant leaves are thick and tasty. Stalks start out green then mature to a lovely ivory color.
 
Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard
Overall Rating:
         
5.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 14
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0

100.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Shannon
Location:
Alexandria, VA, United States
Date:
April 17, 2017
          5.0
 
Shannon
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Just about everything

What are the cons? None

Review:

I planted this early last spring and harvested all the way through the summer and into the fall. It seemed totally unfazed by the summer heat here outside Washington, D.C.. But the real surprise came when it continued to slowly grow through the winter with temperatures down as low as 10 degrees and it was not under any cover! I lost a few plants but most of them survived and now that it is spring they are producing leaves again from the base of the plants and I have already harvested twice, the last time today on April 17th.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

5 out of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Derek Morris
Location:
WinstonSalem, NC, United States
Date:
March 1, 2017
          5.0
 
Productive
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? produces year round

What are the cons? none

Review:

This variety of chard is one of the most productive vegetables anyone could ever grow. It is tough taking the high heat and humidity of summer and is productive through most of the winter unless it gets down in the low teens or single digits then it simply rests till warmer temps and takes off growing again. As a cut and come again crop I am not aware of anything else in the garden that produces almost a full year without having to replant. It also grows very well in containers and is very attractive with its dark green leaves and white stalks. I have grown other varieties of chard but this one is the most productive and the most weather tolerant I have found. The greens are also very good flavored. This variety will always be in my garden.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

7 out of 10 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Maggie
Location:
Dyer, AR, United States
Date:
May 23, 2016
          5.0
 
Hardiest Tastiest Chard
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? could not be hardier

What are the cons? if only it came in colors!

Review:

This chard started growing basically overnight, and has yet to stop two months later. It has been hailed on, rained on for days on end, flooded, trampled by a goat, mowed down by a goat, left unwatered for a week, and it just keeps going! Harvesting from the outer stalks, each plant puts on more and more stalks. While it's most attractive when raw, this chard does develop a deep green color when cooked, even in the stalks. The flavor is strong in a good way; you won't forget what you're eating! My family's only complaint is that we miss the bright colors of rainbow chard. But rainbow chard doesn't grow this well!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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8 out of 9 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
TS
Location:
Raleigh, NC, United States
Date:
December 26, 2015
          4.0
 
Good chard variety
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Huge leaves, thrives in heat

What are the cons? Chalky taste when raw

Review:

This chard is worth growing just for the impressive size of the leaves. They exceeded the length of my arm by midsummer. Highly productive in the hottest months. Pests prefer this variety least as well. Squirrels and rabbits went for the Perpetual Spinach and colored stem varieties before even touching Fordhook. It has a strong chard flavor and the stalk is like a salty celery. If I eat any part of the plant raw I get an unpleasant chalky taste in my mouth and an itching sensation in my throat. No issue when cooked.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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10 out of 11 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Fleming Family Farm
Location:
Chattaroy, WA, United States
Date:
October 14, 2015
          5.0
 
Long lasting temp tolerant
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? water, sun, cooler temps

What are the cons? record temps, drought

Review:

I have grown this chard for a few years and it never ceases to amaze me with what it will put up with. First week or 2 of September 2015 the rows of chard went through 24 deg F temps and are stronger now than before the frost. We had temps to 100 this summer (2015) with drought conditions and large wildfires all around. The only times the plants looked stressed were in the middle of the high heat days, at which point they would be wilted and sad looking. Those same plants are still alive and producing, nice and strong, through freezes. I highly recommend this for market, home, animals, and anyone or thing that will eat it.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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