DESCRIPTION: Classic old American heirloom, pre-1908, considered a benchmark for flavor. Glossy dark-green savoyed leaves. Succession-sow in spring. Bred as a spring/ summer spinach, and can last through a fair amount of heat if given shade, succession sown, and not allowed to dry out. Keeping it picked helps, too. A classic from the golden age of American seedsmen.
BOTANICAL NAME: Spinacia oleracea
DAYS TO MATURITY: 48
SEEDS PER PACKET: 100
SOURCE CODE: O
GERMINATION DAYS: 6-21
WHEN TO PLANT: early spring, fall to overwinter
PLANTING DEPTH: 1/2"
GROWING INSTRUCTIONS: Soaking seeds for 4-6 hours speeds germination. Best planted in succession. Direct-sow or start in flats and transplant 6" apart into moist, non-acid garden soil. Over 85 degrees F, start in pots in a cool place. Spade in some compost; needs plenty of nitrogen available. Does not like heat; plant early and use shadecloth if necessary. Also plant late summer for fall and up to frost for early spring crop. Keep plants watered and weeded. Harvest whole plant or trim leaves.
GROW BIOINTENSIVEŽ CULTURAL INFORMATION: C,W/Matures 6-7/Harvest 4-7/Yield 50-225/Spacing 6"
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