Beaujolais Spinach - Organic

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Beaujolais Spinach - Organic

(30 days) Open-pollinated. More than a decade ago we carried the variety Bordeaux, but we put that niche spinach on the chopping block when Syngenta bought out supplier Daehnfeldt. We’re happy now to list Beaujolais, a very similar wine-themed organic varietal developed by our friends at Uprising Seeds on their farm in eastern Washington wine country. Be forewarned: this spinach bolts quickly so is best grown in the cooler ends of the season. Prized as a baby green for its striking magenta-red stems and veins in deep green arrowhead leaves. Has the characteristic shine of young beet greens, but Beaujolais tastes milder and sweeter in a salad mix. Nikos found the leaves from bolted plants still quite delicious. To borrow the words of Jonathan Swift, this beaujolais should be eaten, it is too good to be drunk. OSSI NEW!


2500 Beaujolais - Organic
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Spinach

Spinacia oleracea

1,400–2,600 seeds/oz. ¼ oz packet sows 30–50 ft; 1 oz plants 120–200 ft.

Culture: Very hardy. Must be planted as soon as the ground can be worked in the spring to avoid early bolting. For fall crop try late July–Aug. sowing; to overwinter, sow late Aug.–Sept. Heavy nitrogen requirements, but avoid applying high-nitrogen fertilizers shortly before harvest to prevent high nitrate levels in the leaves. Pick large leaves often for heavier production.

Smooth-leaved spinach is easier to wash than the semi-savoyed type and is increasingly preferred. Heat, crowding and long day-length (over 14 hours) trigger premature bolting. To retard bolting, avoid hot-weather planting, use wider spacing and irrigate or use shade cloth.

Minimum germination temperature 35°, optimal range 45–65°. Spinach seed will not germinate in soil temperatures above 85°.

Diseases:

  • BM: Blue Mold
  • CMV: Cucumber Mosaic Virus
  • DM: Downy Mildew