growing spinach

Asked October 6, 2015, 7:49 AM EDT

having trouble this fall. seeds in ground didn't germinate. planted presprouted seeds with small white tails and they didn't grow either what to do?

Baltimore County Maryland vegetables spinach no germination

4 Responses

First, don't give up. Check the dates on the seed packet. You may want to get new seeds and replant now. Do not plant too deep and cover with a floating row cover. Most likely you will get spring spinach. See our Vegetable Profile on spinach http://extension.umd.edu/growit/vegetable-profiles-spinach
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Why should i buynew seeds when i prespouted mine sucessfully. The seeds were for 2015

Why should i buynew seeds when i prespouted mine sucessfully. The seeds were for 2015

Spinach is difficult to germinate in warm soils,the seed packet will often mention to wait for soil temperatures to get above 45 degrees for spring planting. A suggestion for next season would be to grow them in your basement under grow lights,then transplant them when soil temperatures begin to fall.Now that our soil temperatures have fallen,try direct seeding again. Protect the young seedling through the winter using straw mulch and/or floating row cover. You should get an early spring crop.

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