Escalade (Spinach/Plain Leaf/hybrid)
Latin Name: Spinacia oleracea
Item #: 286E
48 days. Plain leaf hybrid with thick dark green smooth oval leaves that have excellent texture and good field holding ability during hot weather conditions. Plants are very tolerant to bolting. Tolerant to DM race 1 through 14 and race 16.
SPINACH - for fresh market, freezing and canning
Sow at 10-12 lbs/5-5.4 kg per acres; oz/28 g sows about 100 ft/31 m of row.
CULTURE: Spinach is a fast growing, easy to grow, cool weather crop. Seed germinates easily in cold ground and prefers soil temps. of 38-40°F/3-4°C for maximum results. Good emergence can also be obtained at between 50-60°F/10-16°C. At soil temps. of over 65°F/18°C you will get faster sprouting but a sharp decrease in germination. Sow seed outside as soon as you can get on the ground in early April until early May. Commercial growers should make several sowings, 7 days apart for a continuous supply. Do not sow from June 15th until July 15th. Spinach will bolt to seed during long day length and warm weather conditions. Sometimes you can get away with a late June sowing if weather is unseasonably cool during July. Cool weather will reduce that long day effect.
SOW SEED: 0.5 in/13 mm deep at 2 seeds per in/25 mm. Thin plants to 6 in/15 cm apart in the row. Space rows 12-18 in/31-46 cm apart. Spinach likes a fertile, moist, well drained soil with a pH of 5.5 to 7.5.
FERTILIZER: Broadcast at 400 lbs/181 kg of 15-15-15 per acre and work in before seeding. Side dress several times with the same 1.5 in/4 cm from the row in bands 2.5 in/6 cm deep during growing season. Light applications of Nitrogen are good for late crops.
HARVEST: Spinach is quick growing, cut young leaves at 0.5 in/13 mm above ground level about 45 days after seeding.
FREEZING: Use tender young leaves, wash thoroughly, blanch for 1 1/2 min. Cool, pack, drain and freeze.