Gigante Di Inverno Spinach (Heirloom 55 Days)
Heirloom. “Giant of Winter”. The Gigante Di Inverno Spinach has broad and pointed wavy leaves that grow in a compact upright habit. It grows well when sown in the chilly temperatures of very early spring and also a perfect choice for late summer and fall plantings, due to its extreme cold tolerance.
Germination: 7-14 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 50-70ºF
Seed Sowing Depth: 1/2" deep
Starting Indoors: 3-4 weeks before planting out in early to mid-spring. Provide 50-65ºF soil temperature. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot. Sowing into individual biodegradable peat/cow pots reduces root damage when transplanting. Transplant after last frost, 6-12" apart.
Starting Outdoors: Start in early spring when the soil temperature is over 50ºF. Sow a few seeds every 1-3", thin to 6-12" for full-sized plants. Sow heavy seeded rows, 30 seeds per foot, every 10-14 days for baby greens using the Pinetree spinach mix. Sow in mid to late summer for fall harvests.
How much does a packet plant: 6-10 feet, Spinach Mix packet = 80-100 feet for mature plants or 20-25 feet for baby greens
Harvest: Starting with baby greens at 3” or the entire plant before it bolts.
Tips: Plant Gigante Di Inverno Spinach in fertile soil, amend with compost or well-rotted manure, and keep well watered. Sow in the fall and cover with mulch for an early spring crop.