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Days to Maturity: 25 DAYS BABY – 50 FULL SIZE
An easy winner for appearance and flavor in our trials.
Broad white stems and midribs contrasting with deep green savoyed leaves make Fordhook a bestseller year after year. Large plants have very upright architecture with high yield potential, excellent for commercial growers.
- Broad stems
- High yielding
Direct seeding: For babyleaf sow ~40 seeds/ft in 2-4” bands; for full size leaves thin plants to 4-8″ depending on desired leaf size.
Row spacing: for full size 18-24″, for baby leaf 2-4” between bands.
When to Sow
Chard can be direct seeded mid-spring through mid-summer and into fall in warmer regions. Transplants can be started indoors or in a cold frame 4-6 weeks before planting and transplanted outdoors after danger of frost has passed. Transplants result in earlier harvests. Optimal germination temperature is 55-75°F. Days to maturity from direct seeding; if transplanting, subtract 14-21 days. Babyleaf varieties grow well in summer months when it is too hot for lettuce. Sow every week for a continual summer harvest until 4 weeks before frost date. Ready to harvest after five weeks, when leaves are ~3”, growth rate is weather dependent.
Harvest full size leaves at any stage. Continuous harvests will encourage new growth. Use floating row covers to extend the season.
Info gleaned fron www.highmowingseeds.com