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Spinacia oleracea

The smooth, dark green, oval round leaves of this fast growing baby-leaf spinach are tender and mild for gourmet quality salads. Grow this disease resistant variety it in spring or fall for best results.

Calendar Days to Harvest: 40

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06064 Pack, Spinach, Charger
200 seeds $ 3.49
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06688 Bulk, Spinach, Charger F-1
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2000 seeds $ 19.99
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  • Hybrid
  • Size: 6 -10 inches
  • Disease Resistant: Downy Mildew races 1-7 (high)
  • Hardiness: Hardy Annual
  • Easy to Grow: Yes
  • Seed Planting Depth: 0.50"
  • Days to Germination: 7-12 days
  • Plant spacing within a row: 1"-3"
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Start From Seed: Detailed instructions for direct seeding, or starting seeds indoors and transplanting.
Seed germinates at soil temperatures between 50-68°F, and with dramatically increasing reluctance at higher temperatures. Begin succession plantings 4-6 weeks before the last spring frost, and 4-8 weeks before the first fall frost. Direct seed in a 2-4 inch wide band, ¾ inch deep, 1 seed per inch, allowing 12–18 inches between rows. Plants should be 2–4 inches apart in final stand. See Salad Mix planting instructions for baby leaf production.
Growing Conditions: Growing seasons, soil types, water and fertility requirements.
Spinach demands a cool (52–60°F), mild climate for ideal growth and does best in fertile soils with a pH between 6.2–7.0. Bolting (going to seed) is triggered by lengthening days, greater temperatures or high plant densities. It can be grown in spring, fall and overwintered in mild climates. See our variety descriptions to choose the right varieties for different times of year. Fast growing spinach requires regular watering. Drip irrigation is preferred to avoid splashing on leaves which spreads disease and soils leaves. Plant in partial shade in warmer climates.
Pest Prevention: Organic solutions to common problems.
Downy Mildew is a devastating disease of spinach. See variety descriptions for resistant varieties. Avoid overhead and/or late-afternoon irrigation, and increase plant spacing to enhance air circulation. Also practice 3-4 year crop rotation. Cover seedlings with floating row cover to prevent insect damage.
Harvest: Is it ready yet? When to harvest and how to store your garden produce.
When plants have sized up, and before they bolt (go to seed), cut whole plant just below the crown. Remove any old, dirty, or yellowed leaves. Wash carefully to remove soil and grit, but be gentle to avoid bruising the tender leaves. For baby leaf harvest, cut at 2–4 inches tall and wash (see Salad Mix instructions). Spinach keeps in the refrigerator for about a week.
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