Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bloomsdale Long Standing Spinach

Spinach 4 weeks old

This is one of the oldest varieties of spinach and probably the most popular heirloom variety. I liked growing this one better than Olympia because the leaves actually got large before the plant bolted. Although some plants still bolted, this is a more reliable variety. Leaves are very crinkly and still retain good flavor for a short time after bolting.

Annual or Perennial?: Annual
Germination time: 5-12 days
Days until maturity: 50 days
Light requirements: Full sun (6+ hrs) to Partial Shade (4-6 hrs) (The more sun, the better)
Plant size: Small
Spacing: 3 inches
Temperature: Cool climate. Winter crop in warmer areas
Difficulty: Easy
Traits: Withstands bolting better than other varieties of spinach
Companion Plants: Beans, peas; both fix nitrogen in the soil for the spinach. They also provide shade in warmer months.
Special needs: None

When to plant: Grow spinach as a fall through spring crop in warmer areas. The summer heat will cause this variety to bolt quickly.

How to grow: Plant seeds in soil at 3 inches apart. For containers, make sure the container is at least 4 inches deep. Give about a cubic inch of water every week. Spinach are nitrogen consumers, so apply fertilizer high in nitrogen once in a while

How to harvest: Snip leaves as they are bigger in size. Rinse leaves in water before using. This plant is an heirloom, so the seeds can be saved after the plants bolt.


Spinach Seeds
Spinach Seedling
Spinach 2 weeks old
2 weeks old
Spinach 3 weeks old
3 weeks old
Spinach 4 weeks old
4 weeks old
Spinach 5 weeks old
5 weeks old
Harvest leaf from Bloomsdale Spinach
Harvested leaf

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