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Grow & Care - Spinach





Fast Facts




Light Requirements Full sun (at least six hours)
Temperature Adaptations Semi-hardy - plant a week or two before the expected date of last frost
Acidity (pH) Tolerance 6.8 to 6.0 pH
Salinity (Ec) Tolerance 1.3
How Pollinated Wind
Growth Habits Annual


Additional Information



Fertilizer Requirements

All purpose fertilizer at time of planting. Animal manures and compost should be added to the soil when possible.

Water Utilization

Regular irrigation. Keep soil moist, but avoid overwatering. Do not let plants wilt.

Plant Development and Care

Spinach plants will germinate in cool soils (32 F to 40 F) and grow quickly in these conditions.

Spinach should not be subjected to wet, dry, wet, dry soil cycles. Keep the soil moist, but not soggy.

Spinach is ready to pick when the greens are young, tender, and mildly flavored. Begin cutting the greens when they are about 2" tall. Cut the entire clump at the soil level when it has reached full size.

Germination Time (Days)

63 days at 32 F
23 days at 41 F
12 days at 50 F
7 days at 59 F
6 days at 68 F
5 days at 77 F
6 days at 90 F

Seed Germination and Temperature Range

60 F

Common Fertilizer Deficiencies





Spinach

Tips

Try planting groups of leaf lettuce, spinach, and Swiss chard together, then harvest a mixture each time for a ready made salad.

 

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