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About This Plant...
Family: Chenopodiaceae
Genus and species: Spinacia oleracea
Growing Season: spring and fall
Indoor Sowing...
Time needed to reach transplant size: 4 to 6 weeks
When to transplant to garden: 3 to 6 weeks before last spring frost
Outdoor Sowing...
When to sow outdoors: 4 to 6 weeks before last spring frost
Other Sowing Guidelines...
Approx. germination time: 5-12 days
Germination temp.: 45-75 degrees F.
Sowing depth: 1/2 inch
Days to maturity: 40-50 days
Transplanting Guidelines...
Spacing between plants: 2-6 inches
Spacing between rows: 12-36 inches
Growing On...
Pests: spinach leaf miner, flea beetles, aphids, nematodes
Diseases: downy mildew, spinach blight
Harvest: when leaves reach a usable size; cut entire plant close to the ground as the weather warms
Growing tips: long days and warm weather cause spinach to bolt

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