Reflect Spinach (F1 Hybrid, 38 Days)
The Reflect Spinach is a nice compromise between the newer breeding – smooth and round for ease of cleaning – and traditional spinach – more oval and ruffled. Reflect is also our earliest spinach and in April, I will harvest anything that is bigger than my thumb. High in vitamins A & C – has an immediate, positive effect of leafy greens on your entire system.
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 Reflect 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.