Want To Know More About Spinach?
Here Are Some Spinach Facts!

Here are some quick spinach facts to help you know whether growing spinach in your edible landscaping is feasible for your area.

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  • Scientific name: Spinacia oleracea
  • Native to: the Middle East
  • Plant type: Annual (rarely biennial)
  • Plant size: 1.5x1.5x0.5 feet (50x50x10 cm) maximum before bolting -- after bolting, flower stalk can go up 1.5 feet (50 cm)
  • Easiest way to plant: I have never found spinach plants for sale, so you'll probably have to start from seed.
  • Propagate by: Saving seed
  • Edible parts: leaves, stems
  • Fruit color: n/a
  • Flower color(s): yellow-green
  • Flower size: 1/4" (2-3 mm)
  • Blooms: In late spring to mid-summer
  • Leaf color(s): Medium to dark green
  • Leaf size: 2-6 inches (4-10 cm) long and wide
  • USDA zones: 6-9, but can be grown to zone 4 with protection and in higher zones in shady moist areas
  • Likes: Well-drained, moist soil, ph over 6.0
  • Tolerates: Partial and full shade, wet conditions (may be more susceptible to mildew and blight in continually wet soil)
  • Dislikes: Acid soil (pH < 6.0), drought, hot weather (will bolt)
  • Uses: Container gardening, vegetable gardens, low foliage plant, annual ground cover, borders.

Spinach is fun for a children's garden because it sprouts quickly. It's also a nice addition to food theme gardens such as salad gardens, herb gardens, pizza gardens, and so on. And if your garden is all-green, composed of primary colors, or features bright colors rather than pastels, spinach plants with their deep green glossy leaves are perfect!

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