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Spinach Seeds, Perpetual

Beta vulgaris
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If your summer spinach is always going to seed before maturity, try Perpetual Spinach variety. It virtually never goes to seed if properly harvested. Succulent, prolific and very hardy. Makes a good fall crop.  Harvest a few leaves at a time, snapping them off at the base.  Requires plenty of moisture.

  • SKU: 134600
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Grow best in
Grows
Best In:
Full sun|Partial sun
Days to germination
Days to
Germination:
7 to 21 days
Water needs
Water
Needs:
Average 2.5-5 cm (1-2") per week
Days to maturity
Days to
Maturity:
50 days
Best container size
Best
Container Size:
12"+
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  • Plant Type: Vegetable
  • Botanical Name: Beta vulgaris
  • Fill Weight (grams): 2
  • Approximate Seed Count: 90-100
  • Planting Method: Sow Direct
  • Plant Lifecycle: Annual
  • Seed Type: Heirloom
  • Water Needs: Average 2.5-5 cm (1-2") per week
  • Flavor: Although it belongs to the Swiss Chard and Beet families, taste is similar to Spinach
  • Disease Resistance: bolt resistant
  • Companion Planting: Plant near beans, cilantro (coriander), eggplant, oregano, peas, rosemary, strawberries. Peas and beans offer a natural form of protection for spinach, creating shade. Cilantro, oregano, and rosemary are believed to have insect-repelling properties.
  • Preparation Ideas: Boil the leaves for a minute, then drain and squeeze out as much liquid as you can. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan. Fry a few chopped cloves of garlic until soft. Then add a handful of pine nuts and a few raisins. Add the spinach and heat through. Season and serve.
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    Growing Instructions:

    Spinach does not transplant well and seeds can be sown directly in the garden in early Spring as soon as the soil can be worked. Soil temperature (not air temperature) should be between 4-20° C (40-68°F) . Space seeds and plant to the depth indicated below. Press seeds into the soil to ensure good contact and cover with 1.3 cm (1/2") of soil. After planting, water seeds with a gentle mist or shower. It is critical to keep the soil consistently moist, but not soggy during germination. When your seedlings reach a height of a few centimetres (inches) and have developed 2 or 3 pairs of leaves, it is important to thin them out, according to the plant spacing indicated below. Do not allow the soil to become dry, as young plants have underdeveloped roots and can quickly dehydrate, particularly in windy conditions. Spinach grows quickly and more seeds can be succession planted every 2 weeks days until the temperature exceeds 23°C (75°F). Once the temperature rises, spinach tends to bolt. Planting can resume when the temperature turns cooler at the end of Summer and early Fall.

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  • Planting Depth: 1.3 cm (1/2")
  • Seed Spacing: 2.5 cm (1")
  • Plant Spacing: 25 cm (10")
  • Row Spacing: 40 cm (16")

  • Instructions for Nutrient Care: Feed plants SUPERthrive once per week. Mix 1.2 ml (1/4 tsp) per 4L (1 gallon) of water in a watering can and apply solution to the base of the plants.
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Growing Suggestions:
  • Spinach prefers to grow in air temperatures of 10-15°C (50-60°F).
  • Use a row cover during the first few weeks of seedling growth to protect plants from insect pests.
  • Spinach can be harvested using the "cut and come again" method. To do this, simply trim individual leaves with garden scissors, starting with the outer leaves. Let the young inner leaves remain to continue growing for a later harvest. Or, you can cut down the whole plant at once if you want a large harvest. If you cut about 2.5 cm (1") above the crown or base of the plant, the plant will send out a new flush of leaves.
  • It is important not to wait too long to harvest or wait for larger leaves, as spinach can become bitter very quickly after maturity. Day length and temperature are also important factors to consider. When days become longer (about 14 hours or longer) and temperatures rise, spinach can start to bolt. Bolting is when plants stop vegetative growth and start flowering, marking the end of the harvest. If you notice that your spinach plants are starting to bolt, it is best to pull the plant and use the leaves. You can try to slow the bolting process by pinching off the flower/seed heads, keeping the soil moist, and providing shade such as a row cover.

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