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Spinach 'Matador' Seed Pack

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Dark green, oval-shaped leaves. 'Matador' is cold hardy with sweet flavor and slow to bolt in warm weather. Does well in planters.

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Growing one's own spinach could be a revelation for some new gardeners, as most spinach you find in the grocery store doesn't even have the roots attached (which are actually quite tasty when stir-fried or steamed). This is a wonderful crop to grow in containers and is fairly fast, especially if it's being grown for baby spinach. Spinach can go out early, weeks before your area's average last spring frost date, and is slow to bolt. Additional crops can be sown every three weeks for a continuous supply, up to a month before your area's average first fall frost date.

Botanical Name Spinacia oleracea
Mature Size 6"–8" tall
Light Sun to partial sun
Cold Hardiness Frost-tolerant annual. Very cold hardy; fall-sown plants may overwinter even in climates with sub-zero temperatures.
When to Sow Outside RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is above 40°F; ideally 50°–75°F.
When to Start Inside ot recommended; roots sensitive to disturbance.
Special Germination Instructions Successive Sowings: Every 3 weeks until 4 weeks before your average first fall frost date. Soil temperatures above 85°F halt germination.
Days to Emerge 5 - 10 days
Seed Depth 1/2"
Seed Spacing A group of 3 seeds every 6"
Row Spacing 12"
Thinning When 2" tall thin to 1 every 6"
Maturity Date 28 - 48 days
When to Harvest Pick individual leaves with stems from outer edges of plant as they become big enough to use or cut the whole plant 1" above the ground; new leaves will be produced.
Additional Info Harvest before the plant sends up a flower stalk (bolting). Just prior to bolting, leaves take on an "arrowhead" shape, adding small keel shapes to the base of the leaf.
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