Bulk Spinacia is an excellent alternative to dried or bottled imported Spinacum plants. Bulk imported plants are often sprayed with pesticides and other chemicals. These chemicals may prove harmful to the environment. Moreover, many of them don't have the required shelf life for long-term storage. Seedlings grown from bulk Seed can be stored for a few years in cool, dark, dry conditions, without rotting or spoiling.
Seedlings are available from specialist retailers and garden centers. They are also available from online sources and farmers' markets. It's not unusual for local gardens to grow seeds from seeds imported from countries such as South Africa, Holland and Denmark. It is common for people to grow bulk Spinacia plants on a small scale, such as for personal consumption or for selling at community events.
One of the advantages of growing seeds from bulk is that it will normally be cheaper than purchasing a ready-to-harvest product. Also, the seeds can be mixed together in order to produce multi-form plants, such as a salad. This enables a large variety of flavours to be produced. Bulk Spinacah seeds can be used to produce a wide variety of flower, herb and spice crops.
Many bulk Spinacia seeds are very small, making germination easier for starters. The seeds should be scattered across a prepared bed. The sprouts can germinate in about three weeks from seed. In addition to making seedlings more easily accessible, this method also makes them easier to cultivate. Seedlings can usually be harvested after one harvest.
Harvesting the plants should ideally be done when the root systems are fully developed. Harvesting can be best done after a rain fall has occurred. If the weather remains dry for too long the plant may wilt. Harvesting under ideal conditions such as full sun, good soil and high moisture levels can be very rewarding.
The plant's root system grows at the base of the stem. At the top of the plant is a mass of strong, short leaves called rhizomes which serve to filter light and provide nutrition to the plant. The rhizome can grow up to four times its size and can function as a photoservative. The plant normally develops in dark soil with very little moisture. The rhizome can be found at the base of a pseudobulb or a fruit. The plant blooms in the summer and produces flowers during the spring.
To harvest a plant simply pick any surplus seeds. It is best to keep any uneaten seeds in sealed containers so that they do not attract bees or other insects that may destroy them. Seeds should then be stored in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight or heat. Seeds can be frozen or dried for later planting.
The bulk Spinacia contains all the building blocks of a vegetable and can grow easily in conditions that are less than perfect. They are an excellent crop for home gardens. They are easy to grow and yield a rich harvest of healthy vegetables. Many gardeners have succeeded with this fast growing plant and now offer it for sale at the farmer's markets or online.
Growing bulk Spinacia requires a warm climate with lots of sun and water. Good soil needs to be worked into the soil to keep the roots healthy and well anchored. It also needs to be fertilized and sprayed frequently to help keep the plants healthy. Some plants are hardy, but most varieties will do better in southern states that receive moderate winter temperatures.
The bulk plant will produce more seeds than the smaller plants. The seedlings will need to be divided and planted in rows when they reach full size. The plants will flower and set seed from late summer until late fall. Some plants bloom in the spring, while others bloom in the fall. The spring bulbs are easier to deal with because they have already developed roots.
Seedlings take between two to four months to reach full size. Full production of the bulk Spinacia occurs in the spring. The plants can continue to grow throughout the year with the aid of continuous pruning to remove dead and weak branches and leaves. However, most plants stop producing seeds in the winter.
The bulk plant grows best in warm, sunny areas. It will do well in potting medium, especially if the soil is not too heavy. Pruning is important to help maintain a healthy plant with lots of blooming flowers.