Organic Spinach, Verdil - 5g
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Pack Size: 5 g (~ 400 seeds). Grow up to four 11 x 11" trays from each pack.
Description: Organic seeds for growing baby greens indoors through winter. 'Verdil' spinach has gorgeous red stems and tasty, longer leaves. This variety is well known for growing under cooler conditions and therefore is ideal for heat garages, cool sunrooms or other less than room temperature grow spaces.
Easy steps for growing Verdil Spinach baby greens indoors through winter:
- Spinach grows most productively under full spectrum (6400K) grow lights. We recommend Sunblaster T5 lighting. Grow lights should be maintained 6 - 12” above plant tops and should be on 16 - 18 hours per day.
- If not growing under lights plan for the sunniest south window available, although productivity goes up dramatically under lights.
- Spinach grows very well in shallow containers with drainage. We often use 11 x 11” or 10 x 20” trays. Other ideas include recycled clam shells from store-bought greens or recycled flower pots.
- For completely easy baby greens use a composty soil. We use an organic potting mix blended with Sea Soil compost at a 60 / 40 ratio. By building in high-quality compost you can avoid any need for additional fertilizing.
- Spinach takes 5 - 10 days to germinate. You can speed this up by soaking the seeds for 12 - 24 hours before sowing. The ideal temperature for germination is 15 - 21º C; bottom heat will speed up germination and encourage faster seedling development.
- Wet your soil medium before sowing then sprinkle seeds onto soil surface at approximately 100 seeds per 11 x 11” tray. Press seeds gently into soil surface and spritz (or carefully water) to fully moisten.
- Check on seeds every few days to notice when they are starting to germinate. Maintain soil moisture without allowing the mix to be soggy.
- Spinach will grow for approximately six to eight weeks before a new crop will need to take over. Sow new trays every three weeks to keep a constant supply.
- Great air circulation around your indoor garden makes everything better! If you are growing lots of plants indoors consider adding a small fan to your set-up.
- If using humidity domes over your trays: be sure to leave these off for at least one hour per day to allow for air circulation.
- Pests rarely occur on baby greens but it is a good idea to clean pots/trays with warm soapy water (or 10% bleach solution) between crops and generally keep your growing area tidy.
- Crops that are grown to larger than baby green size will likely require fertilizing for best productivity; we recommend Evolve Organic All-Purpose Fertilizer for our indoor gardens.
- Harvest leafy greens by up to 50% with each cut.
- Use sharp scissors to cut your greens - this helps plants regrow more quickly after harvest.
- The beauty of growing your own baby greens is that you can harvest just what you need when you need it!