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Spinach Seeds - Red Kitten F1

Botanical - Spinacia oleracea

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350 Seeds.

Other Names - Spinacia oleracea…

Spinach Red Kitten F1 produces an attractive deep green leaf with red stalks and veins. It can be harvested as a cut and come again over a long season. The leaves are juicy sweet tasting and add a splash of colour to the plate. This fast growing prolific variety can be grown in containers.

  • An attractive gourmet spinach with a fine flavour.
  • Fast and prolific grower.
  • Suitable for container growing.

Suitable For - Vegetable plot, raised beds, container garden, limited space

Sowing Months - March - May

Harvest - May - November


Gardening is about finding the right balance! Try growing Companion Plants close by to help deter pests.

  • Peas are good companion plants to grow next to spinach especially the taller varieties as they can create some welcomed shade on hot sunny days which will help to keep the soil moist and prevent the spinach plants from bolting under the stress of the hot sun.
  • Other good examples of shade giving plants are climbing French beans and runner beans.
  • Mint helps to deter the flea beetle however it is advisable to grow this perennial herb in containers as mint is very invasive. This can be beneficial as the containers can be easily moved around the garden to help protect vulnerable crops as and when needed.

Soil Preperation

Summer grown spinach often runs to seed prematurely if the soil is dry. To help with moisture retention in the soil add some well rotted manure or compost to the soil a few months before. Weed the area well and add some general purpose organic fertilizer to the area 1 - 2 weeks before sowing or planting.

General InformationSowing & Planting Information
Habit Annual Module Grown & Transplants
Type Hybrid Distance between plants 25 cm
Position Part shade during the hottest part of a summer day Distance between rows 25 cm
Average height 20 cm Direct Sowing
Average spread 30 cm Sowing distance between plants 1 - 2 cm
Hardiness Half hardy Distance between rows 25 cm
Overwintering No Sowing depth 1 cm
Soil Ph 6.5 - 7.0 Germination temperature 8 to 20℃
    Days to germination 10 - 20 days

Sowing Guide

Early Sowing/Module Sowing

Sow 2 - 3 seeds per 4 cm module. Once germination starts move to an area with good daylight exposure, a windowsill or greenhouse is ideal. 2 - 3 weeks after germination (depending on speed of growth) plant out. Harden off over 7 - 10 days before planting out especially early sowings. Plant out at the distance suggested above. Firm the soil around each plants and water well.

Direct Sowing

Sow 1 seed every 1 - 2 cm at the depth and row distance suggested above. Cover the seeds with soil and water well. Thin out in stages so that eventually the plants are 6 cm apart. The thinning's should be big enough to eat.
Spinach for summer harvests should be sown little and often. A fortnightly sowing will keep the kitchen in good supply of fresh leaves over the summer months.


Growing On

Spinach grown during the summer months must be given a good amount of water to thrive. Dry soil will make the plants run to seed prematurely. The plants will also benefit greatly from having some shade on hot sunny summer days as the stress from the heat can also make the plants run to seed. If neighbouring plants do not offer any shade, set up some temporary shade to cover the bed or if growing in containers move to a cooler and shaded area until the temperature cools down again.


Harvesting

Start to harvest spinach when the leaves are small but at a size worth while picking. Pick outer leaves first, they should still be young and tender. Pick regularly to encourage more leaves to grow.
When harvesting over the summer months it is possible to remove up to a third of the leaves from each plant at a time without affecting the development of the plants.
To avoid damaging the roots when harvesting, cut the leaves with scissors or a sharp knife rather than tugging on them.

TIP

Spinach leaves can grow large. Regular pickings will keep the leaves small and tender.

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