Palco Spinach (Organic F1 Hybrid 38 Days)
It is very difficult to find spinach adaptable enough to tolerate hot weather but this variety fits the bill. Palco Spinach is a quick grower with beautiful spoon-shaped leaves that are both bolt resistant and resistant to downy mildew. We found it to be the best growing spinach in our trials this summer. Tasty full-sized or baby. Harvest the baby leaves to encourage more new growth. The Palco Spinach was the last one to bolt in the heat and remained appetizing. Resistance to downy mildew.
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.
Sowing 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 Palco Spinach in fertile soil, amended with compost or well-rotted manure, and keep well watered. Sow in the fall and cover with mulch for an early spring crop.