1 of 3
1 of 3
Spinacia oleracea is commonly known as Spinach, this plant has large edible leaves. It is rich in vitamins A, B, and C, iron, magnesium, manganese, and folate. It is an easy growing green vegetable that produces for a long time, making it an excellent addition to any vegetable garden.
Spinach leaves can be harvested within 7-9 weeks of sowing when the plants have 5-6 leaves. Harvest leaves throughout the growing season until the flower stalks emerge.
Sow seeds directly in late spring to summer or indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost, 6-8 mm deep and 15-25 cm apart. Germination takes 8-12 days.
Spinach is a heavy feeder and needs a supply of nutrients.
Cool and moist
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Clay, Loam, Sand, Compost, Chalk
Soil PH preference
Although the iron content was believed to be very high (leading to the Popeye strong human assumption), it was a decimal fault corrected in 1930. It is also high in Calcium, vitamins and minerals.
Leaves and stems are edible and are great eaten fresh, steamed or sautéd.
Spinach can be affected by a number of viruses spread by insects, so control insect infestations as much as possible. There is no cure for infected plants. Plants should be pulled up and destroyed to prevent the spread of the virus.