Acadia seeds

Acadia – Organic (F1) Spinach Seed

Organic semi-savoy for spring and fall.
Upright plants with glossy, dark green, oval leaves. Similar to Kookaburra, but slightly slower bolting in late spring/early summer, and slower growing in the fall. Great regrowth for “cut and come again” harvest. Grows more slowly than most of our overwintered varieties when late-winter sown. High resistance to downy mildew races 1–13, 15–16. NOTE: We do not recommend late fall seeding. USDA Certified Organic. Avg. 32,600 seeds/lb. Packet: 1,000 seeds.
SCIENTIFIC NAME:Spinacia oleracea
CULTURE:Spinach grows in a wide range of soils if moist and fertile but is sensitive to acidity; pH should be at least 6.0, preferably 6.5–7.5. Spinach germinates best in cool soil. Begin sowing in early spring as soon as the ground can be worked. Summer sowing in soil over 85°F (30°C) risks low or erratic germination. If sowing must be done during warmer weather, irrigating can help cool the soil and improve germination. Sow in mid-to-late summer for a fall harvest. Spinach can also be planted from late summer through the winter in protected structures for fall, winter, and spring harvest, though growth rates are much slower. Using floating row covers offers additional winter protection.
TRANSPLANTING: While direct seeding is customary, some growers choose to transplant their spinach, especially using the Paperpot Transplanter. Transplanting can help ensure full stands if germination has been difficult, either because of warm soil temperatures or diseases like damping off.
DIRECT SEEDING:For baby leaf: sow 3–5 seeds/inch in rows at least 2″ apart. For bunching and full size: sow 10 seeds/ft., 1/2″ deep in rows 12–18″ apart.
SUCCESSION PLANTING:For a continuous supply, sow every 7–10 days.
HARVEST:For baby leaf: harvest with a knife when leaves reach desired size in 3-5 weeks, depending on time of year and speed of growth, making sure to cut above the basal plate for cut-and-come-again harvests. A second cut is possible by choosing appropriate varieties in all the seasonal slots. Triple-rinse leaves, sort out cut and broken leaves, and package. For full size: Harvest with a knife by cutting the long stems just above the basal plate, or, for whole-plant harvest, cutting just below the basal plate. When growing winter spinach, harvest largest leaves and allow the smaller ones to size up for later harvests. Full-size spinach can be sold as loose leaves or bunched.
STORAGE:Store at 32°F (0°C) and 95% relative humidity for 10–14 days.
AVG. SEEDING RATE:For baby leaf: 1M/25′, 25M/125′, 1,200M/acre at 40 seeds/ft. in rows at least 2″ apart. For full-size leaves: 10M/1,000′, 290M/acre at 10 seeds/ft. in rows 12–18″ apart.
SIZED SEEDS:Standard except where noted.
SEED SPECS:SEEDS/LB.: 24,800–45,800 (avg. 38,800).
PACKET:1,000 seeds; sows 25′ baby, 100′ full size.

Spinach, Annual – Ranchero F1

Spinach, Annual – Ranchero F1 is an excellent spinach variety with dark green, glossy leaves. Ideal for summer cropping. It is high yielding, has excellent taste, slow to bolt, very attractive and mildew resistant.

Sowing:

Late March until July.

Spacing:

Between plants: 10cm
Between rows: 20cm

Approx. seed count: 200

Spinach, Annual

Spinach, Annual – Ranchero F1

Latin name:
Family:

Chenopodiaceae (Goosefoot Family)

Annual spinach is the real spinach. It is a lot superior in taste compared to perpetual spinach. Unfortunately it is a lot trickier to grow as it has a very short life cycle and is prone to bolting. However with the use of a tunnel or greenhouse you can grow the most delicious annual spinach for about ten months of the year. It is an excellent vegetable for early spring and late autumn.

Soil and Site:

Spinach, Annual – Ranchero F1 requires a rich, fertile soil with a pH value between 6.5 and 7.5. It will benefit from generous compost or composted manure applications.

Sowing and planting:

In order to get a continuous supply of annual spinach you should sow seeds every three to four weeks from early February until mid September. The early sowings (February to late April) and late sowings (August to September) should be planted in a tunnel or greenhouse whereas the other sowings (May to July) can be planted outdoors.

The early sowings in February and March should be sown in modular trays and placed on a heating bench at 18ºC. I generally sow four seeds per cell and about 1.5cm deep. The seedlings are not divided when planted out about 4 weeks after. Later sowings can either be made into modular trays or direct into a well prepared fine seed bed.

Spacing:

Plant spacing: 7cm for baby-leaf spinach and 15cm for normal sized spinach.

Row spacing: 25cm

For direct sown crops it is important to thin the seedlings early to the recommended spacing as this discourages bolting.

Intercropping:

Annual spinach is an excellent vegetable for intercropping. It is a neutral vegetable (not susceptible to any specific disease) and not related to the troublesome families such as the brassicas or alliums. Due to its short-lived nature and low growth habit, it can be used anywhere in your vegetable garden to quickly fill a space.

Harvesting:

You can harvest spinach at the baby leaf stage about 40 days after sowing and ordinary spinach is ready after about 50 days from sowing. Young spinach leaves make an excellent addition to a salad. Individual leaves can be harvested as required by twisting or cutting the outside leaves. It can also be used as a cut-and-come-again crop. Depending on the season, you can expect between two to five cuts per plant. The very early and late summer crops are a lot less prone to bolting and thus you can get a much better and longer yield.

Plant care:

Never let the soil dry out especially during the propagation and early development stage. Water regularly during dry spells and keep the plot weed free at all times.

Potential problems:

Spinach, Annual – Ranchero F1

Slugs and aphids are the main pests. Downy mildew is the most common disease. The symptoms are white fluffy patches on the underside of the leaves. If most of the leaves are diseased it is better to remove the plants and start again. Some varieties are more resistant to the disease than others.

How much to grow?

You will get about 40 plants per square metre. If you eat a lot of spinach grow half a square metre every 3 weeks.

Varieties:

Ranchero F1 (a fantastic variety, high yielding, dark green and good resistance to mildew)