Sow Perpetual Spinach Seeds at the start of spring to get them started in the garden. Make sure they have plenty of room as this type of plant likes a lot of room. Set them in either a small storage bin or mesh netting, covering lightly with old leaves or garden waste. Once a week, remove all the leaves to remove any insects and then soak overnight in water mixed with a pinch of salt. Water is required as the plant needs it to help with root development.
Set seedlings in a sunny window or on an outside deck. Do not over feed as the young leaves can become dry and brittle. Gently press the seedlings against the soil until the seedling springs up and then remove it to air dry. Set the seeds on top of a bed of gravel at the bottom of a well-drained bed of compost. Perpetual spinach seeds don't like acid conditions so be aware of any acid soil conditions before starting your perennial spinach beet leaves.
One question you might have is what does true chard look like? True spinach looks like carrots. There are two distinct differences though. One is that true chard is green, while perpetual spinach is red.
So what are the differences between Perpetual Spinach and true spinach leaves? The main difference is that the former seeds will germinate in about one month, and you need only two to three weeks for the second set of leaves to appear. The two sets of leaves will not open yet, but after a few days they will start to come up and begin to grow like little bonsai trees. If you do not cover the seedlings during their first two weeks of development, they will not go to seed. This is something you can keep in mind if you want to sow perpetual spinach seeds.
When you are growing spinach beet seeds, you will need to give them about ten days to come up before you remove them from the pot and place them in a lettuce leaf or plant them in a garden. You can put the seeds in water if you want to sprout the tiny leaves at a later time. Watering them is not required but it will help them grow faster. They are best watered while they are still in the potting medium because it allows more room for the seedlings. The water should also be sprinkled lightly over the area where you are growing spinach beet seeds.
How do you sow false spinach and true spinach? First of all, you can purchase seeds from a local farm or online. Sow the seeds at a density of about one teaspoon each approximately three inches deep. You can also purchase a starter kit that has everything you need to sow and grow spinach at home. Then, after putting the seeds in a bag and spreading them out in a shallow pan or tray, bring them to the warm sun. Allow them to sit there for about an hour or so or until they are light green and dormant.
Now, you can place the sprouts in your garden right after they have stopped growing and they will have plenty of room to develop into leaves. Continue to feed them with a steady supply of high quality liquid fertilizer. It is important to use a high nitrogen fertilizer for true spinach. Any other kind of seeds, no matter how high quality they are will not develop as well. Perpetual spinach seeds are ready to harvest when they are no longer dark green.
You can always eat the seeds as a salad. Or you can freeze them for later use by separating them into tender sections and putting them in a tupperware container. Pack them up and put them in your freezer. When you want to eat chard but don't want the bitterness of a vinegar taste, simply remove the leaves from their stems and add those to your dinner plate!