Swiss Chard Fordhook
A Swiss chard variant with quicker growth is called Fordhook. Swiss Chard Fordhook has broad, semi-savoy green leaves on white petioles. It has an erect plant habit and is a bolt-tolerant cultivar. Fresh market producers or backyard gardeners should choose Fordhook. This particular type comes from Dizengoff Nigeria.
GROWING CONDITIONS FOR SWISS CHARD FORDHOOK
Swiss Chard Fordhook can be grown all year round in warm regions, from early spring to late October. Although it may thrive in a wide variety of soil types and growing environments, silt-loam and sandy loam with a pH of 6.0-7.0 are the best. For the most delicate leaves, keep the soil evenly moist, but avoid waterlogging. Chard thrives on the chilly evenings and 60 to 70°F days of spring and fall. Even though it can withstand heat, it should be planted in some shade in warm climates.
Although transplanting is an option, direct seeding of chard is more common. Beginning the day of the last spring frost, direct seed. Plant seeds 1-2 inches deep and spaced 12–18 inches apart between rows. Seed germination takes 7 to 12 days. As the plants grow bigger, thin them to 8–12 inches apart (you can eat the trimmings). Starter trays should be filled with sterile seed starting mix to start seedlings inside. Plant two seeds in each cell, one-half inch deep. 65 to 75°F is the optimum soil temperature for germination. to one plant per cell, thin. Before transplantation, seedlings should be hardened off for 5-7 days. Transplant 3–4 week old seedlings outside after the last frost, spacing them 8–12 inches apart and leaving 12–18 inches between rows in a healthy garden bed. Try to avoid disturbing the roots while transplanting
Swiss Chard Fordhook is largely free of pests and diseases. To avoid Cercospora Leaf Spots and other soil-borne illnesses, practice crop rotation. Use row coverings or crush leaf miners in the leaf to keep them out. Keep snails and slugs away from new seedlings.
While the chard leaves are still fragile, harvest them regularly, starting at the base of the plant. Allow the topmost, newly formed leaves to continue to grow. While delicate chard leaves can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days, it is recommended to utilize them straight away.