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Heirloom Fordhook Swiss Chard Seeds | Grow Fordhook Swiss Chard

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Product Code: FORDHOOK

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Fordhook Swiss Chard is a standard green chard variety that grows up to 28 inches tall. Produces large, green, crumpled leaves with white veins and broad white 2-2 ½ inch stems. Stems are somewhat celery-like and leaves are wonderfully tender and juicy.

Tolerant to light frosts as well as heat!
Average: 55 days

Detailed planting instructions:

Start planting about 2 to 3 weeks before last expected frost. Sow seeds ½ to 1 inch deep, 2 to 6 inches apart, in rows 18 to 24 apart. Like beets, chard “seeds” produce more than one plant, and so will require thinning. Thin to 6" to 12" spacings.

If you plan to harvest whole plants, make succession plantings through late summer.

Start seed inside for earlier crops, or if you want to arrange different colored plants of the variety ‘Bright Lights.’

Mulch plants to retain moisture and suppress weeds.

You can begin harvesting when leaves reach usable size. Remove a leaf or two from each plant, or cut plants an inch or two above the soil for cut-and-come-again harvest. Avoid damaging the growing point in the center of the plant at harvest.

As plants age, older leaves get tough. Cut plants back to about 3 to 5 inches tall to encourage a flush of new, tender growth.


Chard will be ready for harvest in 50 to 60 days from sowing. Pick outside leaves as early as three inches long but before leaves grow to10 inches long. Older leaves will have an earthy flavor. Harvest chard on a cut-and-come-again schedule; remove a few outside leaves at time. If you harvest the whole plant, cut it back to about 3 inches above the soil and it will grow back. Chard that over winters can be harvested again the second year.


Harvest seed stalks as they dry and thresh with a flail or by stomping. After threshed use a ½" and ¼" screen to help with cleaning. Chard seed remains viable for 4-6 years under cool and dry storage conditions.
  • Comes in E-Z Lock resealable, reusable triple-layered foil packets
  • Seeds are open pollinated and can be grown, harvested, and replanted endlessly
  • Dried & sealed airtight for long-term storage
  • Nutritional value:

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Swiss chard seeds October 27, 2014
Reviewer: John James from Pierson, FL United States  
Fast delivery, well packed. Fresh seeds, good germination.

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Seeds October 9, 2014
Reviewer: Paulette Adamson from Sparks, NV United States  
I bought these for next seasons garden and look forward to planting them. The order came fast.

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Best Place to Buy August 26, 2014
Reviewer: Brie from Jacksonville, FL United States  
I have bought many things from My Patriot Supply and EVERY time they have my order out within 24 hours. I always get my package quickly and never have problems. The package arrives in great condition as well as the seeds I've ordered. I have grown many of them (turned out awesome!) and will continue to buy from this company. I haven't come across a quicker, more efficient, and higher quality place to buy from!

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Garden Seeds for 2014 Summer Garden February 5, 2014
Reviewer: Suzanne Brummel from Elkhart, IN United States  
This was my first order I'm very impressed with the packaging of my seeds and the speed of shipping, and ease of shopping.  I only gave it four stars because I can't rate the quality of my seeds until garden season.  So to be fair 4 stars for now, I'll be happy to give another review after the garden season.  Great job so far, will purchase from again, have more seeds I want to try and maybe some other products as well.

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Swiss Chard: Fordhook Swiss Chard August 15, 2013
Reviewer: CB from Sunnyvale, CA United States  
Thanks a big bunch!  Ordering was really simple/easy , and the seeds arrived faster than I expected.  Packaging and seeds look really good--and neatly packed :-)...Can't wait to plant them!

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