Growing spinach from seeds can sometimes be a challenge for beginners, but it's really super simple! The secret is knowing when and how to do it. So, in today's post I'm going to show you everything you have to know on how to plant spinach seeds, step-by-step. Spinach is an extremely easy growing, very low maintenance vegetable which is also very easy to harvest from seed. It's native to western Europe and Asia and has been used for cooking since ancient times. This means you have a huge selection of vegetables to choose from!
There are many different things you can do to make sure that your spinach seeds sprout quickly and easily. One of the most common problems is the germination time. Germination time varies widely between seeds. Spinach seeds, like all seeds, are tiny so they don't have very long roots, so they don't have a very deep stem like other vegetables. As such, you can expect them to take quite a while before they're actually visible or you can actually start eating them.
One way to help increase germination time is to store your seeds in an airtight container, such as a plastic bag, dry paper towel or wax paper. Don't store your seed in a moist medium, because that's going to cause the germination process to take even longer. It's also important not to place any spinach leaves or stems with your seeds. This will kill any chance of survival because the leaf will have lots of extra space to push around in. Spinach leaves and stems are very tough and will almost never break down when stored in these ways.
One of the most common problems is seedling rots. This can happen if you don't feed your seedlings enough, water them enough or get them enough sunlight. Most of these common problems are easy to prevent by making sure your seedlings get plenty of light and water but if they do occur it's always best to dig them up right away. Pierce holes in the soil just deep enough for the roots to penetrate so that they can get what they need.
Another problem common to spinach seed starting plants is distortion. This happens when you spread the seedling too thin. This causes it to twist and move into random directions. The first thing you should do when this starts to happen is to press down firmly on the seedling. Make sure there's no air pockets. If not, simply pinch the seedling right away to correct the movement.
A third common problem with seeds planted at the wrong time is that they germinate too soon. To avoid this try to sow at least three weeks in advance. If you're planning to have spinach plants start out in a sunny window, it's best to go with an artificial source of light because sunlight won't always be available. It's also important that your seedlings are in good soil. Make sure it contains well-rotted compost and a lot of nutrients.
When your seedlings come up through the spring they will have fully developed shoots and leaves. To ensure that they stay on top of their development you should prune their leaves at this point. It helps if you don't do any damage to the leaves because this helps them grow best. Do this in the hot weather as well. Cutting off any overgrowth of the leafy portions of the plant will help them produce more leafy growth.
The main threat to growing spinach is that the leaves are likely to go yellow. This occurs in late summer or the fall. Don't harvest until the foliage looks healthy again. If the yellowing doesn't stop by late summer, you probably need a new crop to continue the production.