French Heirloom from the 19th century,
still unequalled for complex, acid-free flavor.
Plants up to 2' in diameter. One of the largest, most vigorous varieties, and early.
Huge dark-green crisp semi-savoyed leaves. Extraordinary flavor-sweet, complex, without the biting acid quality that spinach can often have.
Flavorful, tender and succulent even when large. Thick leaves very cold-hardy for winter.
BOTANICAL NAME: Spinacia oleracea
Soaking seeds for 4-6 hours speeds germination. Best planted in succession. Direct-sow or start in flats and transplant 6" apart into moist, non-acid garden soil. Over 85 degrees F, start in pots in a cool place. Spade in some compost; needs plenty of nitrogen available. Does not like heat; plant early and use shadecloth if necessary. Also plant late summer for fall and up to frost for early spring crop. Keep plants watered and weeded. Harvest whole plant or trim leaves.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION: C,W/Matures 6-7/Harvest 4-7/Yield 50-225/Spacing 6"
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION : Tolerates winter cold