Do you have any plans of sprouting your very own perpetual spinach? Are you planning on using this age-old yet highly effective vegetable as part of a wide range of healthy recipes? If you are, then there are a few things that you need to know in order to grow and harvest a healthy crop of this versatile and tasty vegetable. First and foremost, keep in mind that while seeds are needed for germination, they must be inserted into the vegetable in small amounts in order for them to germinate.
This is why it is not recommended to use the seeds right away. Wait at least 90 days until the seedlings begin to sprout so that the plant has ample time to develop roots and get started producing leaves. There are various different ways of germinating seeds for the purpose of starting a new plant, but none is as convenient and natural as using seeds. Sprouted spinach is a much healthier choice than buying pre-prepared spinach that usually has been subject to intensive cooking and frying.
It also happens to be one of the most versatile vegetables out there. Sprouted spinach can be eaten fresh or added to other dishes for a variety of delicious variations. Many people prefer to eat it raw and mixed with additional ingredients. It can also be enjoyed in a salad, dehydrated, chopped up and sprinkled on top of foods or sprinkled on top of pasta. Of course, it goes great as a part of a veggie burger.
While buying seeds, be sure that you are purchasing ones that are specifically designed to germinate without germinating for an extended period of time. The seeds themselves are usually coated in a sticky substance called 'mildew'. This is used as a safety precaution, however, mildew should never be left on the seeds for a long enough period of time as it can cause decay and an unpleasant taste.
Another thing to be aware of is that not all seeds are produced equal. While there are some that are more potent than others, generally speaking they will all do the same thing. They will either sprout fully or die to dust before the plant has a chance to grow again. Be sure that when purchasing your seeds that you are purchasing ones that have a higher rate of germination. This will allow you to get more seeds out of the plant, which will result in healthier plants.
After purchasing your seeds, it will be important to follow the directions closely. There are specific amounts of light and water that are required for any seeds to germinate and begin to grow. This may vary from seed to seed, so be sure to follow the instructions carefully.
While most of us are accustomed to seeing spinach in our grocery stores, these vegetables are not native to America. Perpetual spinach is actually a relative of the more popular backyard vegetable, the Swede. In Europe, the vegetable is rarely seen because of its low growing area. Because of this, it is only now that Americans are beginning to enjoy the full flavor and appearance of this leafy green.
Once you germinate the seeds, just plant the seeds into your garden. Do not be surprised if they germinate quickly. It is expected to take anywhere from four to six weeks before your first plant will begin to grow. Once your first batch of vegetables is ready, be sure to continue on with your regular routine of feeding them daily with a commercial fertilizer. Perpetual spinach will produce a bountiful harvest, but like any other crop it will require that you water it diligently and make sure that it gets enough sunlight and fertilizer.