Silverbeet ‘Fordhook Giant’

$3.50

Fordhook Giant is a much loved variety of silverbeet (Chard) that is large and has silvery white leaf stems and green, crinkly leaves. It’s easy to grow.

Packet of 120 seeds

12 in stock

Description

Fordhook Giant is a much loved variety of silverbeet (Chard) that is large and has silvery white leaf stems and green, crinkly leaves. It’s easy to grow.

 

Botanical name: Beta vulgaris

Planting: Plant beets directly where they’re to grow in the garden from November to April. Make sure the soil is well manured and water regularly. Plant 30-40cm apart.

Care: Silverbeet don’t generally need a lot of care as they are pretty tough.

Harvest: Harvest the leaves any time you like, just leave a few on the plant to keep its energy up.

Diseases: I haven’t come across any diseases in mine but small birds like to peck at the leaves.

Cooking: Silverbeet is generally steamed until tender but there are other recipes that you can look up.

Seed Saving: Beets are wind pollinated and don’t need insects to pollinate them. The pollen is very light and the wind can take it a long, long way so make sure your neighbours are not letting any go to seed at the same time yours are flowering. Will cross with other beets.

If you are going to collect seed make sure you keep at least a dozen plants to let go to avoid inbreeding depression. Harvest the seed when the stems and seed go brown and dry, then strip the seeds off with your hand into a bucket.

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