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Growing spinach quick reference guide



Growing spinach Guide

The growing spinach quick reference guide below is designed as a quick overview of growing spinach. For more details on the different stages from seed to harvest go to the related pages link.

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Quick Reference Guide






Veggie Garden Dairy
Vegetable Spinach
Also Known As
Botanical Family - Amaranthaceae, Genus - Spinacia, Species - S. oleracea
Plant Type Cool season - annual - leafy vegetable
Frost Tolerance Hardy
Planting Position Sunny position but welcomes shade in the hottest part of the season - requiring a minimum of 3-4 hours of direct sunlight daily
Seed Viability 3 years
Germination 6-10 days at 40-80 F (4-27 C)
Growing Temp 50-70 F (10-21 C)
Seed to Transplant Direct sow
Planting Method Direct sow only
When to Plant Spring and again in mid-summer for fall-winter harvest
Time to Plant As soon as 2 - 4 weeks before the average date of the last 32 F (0 C) freeze in the spring in your area but not before soil temperatures are consistently 40 F (4 C) and above.
Seed Sowing Direct sow spinach seeds - 1/2 inch (12 mm) deep - 1inch (25 mm) apart in rows 12-18 inches (30-45 cm) apart
Plant Spacing Transplant or thin spinach seedlings to 2-4 inches (5-10 cm) apart in rows 12-18 inches (30-45 cm) apart
Soil Conditions Well drained - Moderate to high organic matter - Medium fertility
Fertilizer Medium fertilizer needs, 3-4 quarts per 100 sq feet (3.3-4.4 liters per 9.3 square meters) preplanting of All-Purpose 5-5-5 Organic Fertilizer icon, same rate for each side dressing.
When to Fertilize 2 weeks before planting
Days to Harvest 40-70 days - depending on conditions and variety
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