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Plant Care Instructions By Steve Brigham

In coastal Southern California, spinach is planted from seed from September through March. Be sure to choose a non-bolting heat-resistant variety. Since spinach matures in around 7 weeks from seed, it is best to plant a small amount of seed at weekly intervals during the fall and winter in order to insure harvest throughout the growing season.

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 22, 23, 24
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Buy

    Buy seed for sowing this month.
    2. Sow Seeds

    Sow a small amount of seeds each week in rich, well-drained soil in full sun for maximum contined harvest from fall through spring. Thin established seedlings to 3-4\" apart.
    3. Fertilize

    Work a balanced fertilizer into the soil before planting seeds.
    4. Water

    Water regularly throughout the growing season.
    5. Mulch

    A light mulch around spinach plants will help keep the leaves free of sand and dirt, so they\'ll be easier to clean when you harvest.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for aphids and leaf-chewing pests.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Wash aphids and other pests off leaves with a strong spray of water.
    8. Harvest

    When plants have reaced full size (6-12\" tall), harvest by cutting entire plant at ground level. Remove leaf stems before using.
    February
    1. Buy

    Buy seed for sowing this month.
    2. Sow Seeds

    Sow a small amount of seeds each week in rich, well-drained soil in full sun for maximum contined harvest from fall through spring. Thin established seedlings to 3-4\" apart.
    3. Fertilize

    Work a balanced fertilizer into the soil before planting seeds.
    4. Water

    Water regularly throughout the growing season.
    5. Mulch

    A light mulch around spinach plants will help keep the leaves free of sand and dirt, so they\'ll be easier to clean when you harvest.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for aphids and leaf-chewing pests.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Wash aphids and other pests off leaves with a strong spray of water.
    8. Harvest

    When plants have reaced full size (6-12\" tall), harvest by cutting entire plant at ground level. Remove leaf stems before using.
    March
    1. Buy

    Buy seed for sowing this month.
    2. Sow Seeds

    Sow a small amount of seeds each week in rich, well-drained soil in full sun for maximum contined harvest from fall through spring. Thin established seedlings to 3-4\" apart.
    3. Fertilize

    Work a balanced fertilizer into the soil before planting seeds.
    4. Water

    Water regularly throughout the growing season.
    5. Mulch

    A light mulch around spinach plants will help keep the leaves free of sand and dirt, so they\'ll be easier to clean when you harvest.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for aphids and leaf-chewing pests.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Wash aphids and other pests off leaves with a strong spray of water.
    8. Harvest

    When plants have reaced full size (6-12\" tall), harvest by cutting entire plant at ground level. Remove leaf stems before using.
    April
    1. Water

    Water regularly throughout the growing season.
    2. Mulch

    A light mulch around spinach plants will help keep the leaves free of sand and dirt, so they\'ll be easier to clean when you harvest.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for aphids and leaf-chewing pests.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Wash aphids and other pests off leaves with a strong spray of water.
    5. Harvest

    When plants have reaced full size (6-12\" tall), harvest by cutting entire plant at ground level. Remove leaf stems before using.
    May
    1. Water

    Water regularly throughout the growing season.
    2. Mulch

    A light mulch around spinach plants will help keep the leaves free of sand and dirt, so they\'ll be easier to clean when you harvest.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for aphids and leaf-chewing pests.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Wash aphids and other pests off leaves with a strong spray of water.
    5. Harvest

    When plants have reaced full size (6-12\" tall), harvest by cutting entire plant at ground level. Remove leaf stems before using.
    September
    1. Buy

    Buy seed for sowing this month.
    2. Sow Seeds

    Sow a small amount of seeds each week in rich, well-drained soil in full sun for maximum contined harvest from fall through spring. Thin established seedlings to 3-4\" apart.
    3. Fertilize

    Work a balanced fertilizer into the soil before planting seeds.
    4. Water

    Water regularly throughout the growing season.
    5. Mulch

    A light mulch around spinach plants will help keep the leaves free of sand and dirt, so they\'ll be easier to clean when you harvest.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for aphids and leaf-chewing pests.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Wash aphids and other pests off leaves with a strong spray of water.
    October
    1. Buy

    Buy seed for sowing this month.
    2. Sow Seeds

    Sow a small amount of seeds each week in rich, well-drained soil in full sun for maximum contined harvest from fall through spring. Thin established seedlings to 3-4\" apart.
    3. Fertilize

    Work a balanced fertilizer into the soil before planting seeds.
    4. Water

    Water regularly throughout the growing season.
    5. Mulch

    A light mulch around spinach plants will help keep the leaves free of sand and dirt, so they\'ll be easier to clean when you harvest.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for aphids and leaf-chewing pests.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Wash aphids and other pests off leaves with a strong spray of water.
    8. Harvest

    When plants have reaced full size (6-12\" tall), harvest by cutting entire plant at ground level. Remove leaf stems before using.
    November
    1. Buy

    Buy seed for sowing this month.
    2. Sow Seeds

    Sow a small amount of seeds each week in rich, well-drained soil in full sun for maximum contined harvest from fall through spring. Thin established seedlings to 3-4\" apart.
    3. Fertilize

    Work a balanced fertilizer into the soil before planting seeds.
    4. Water

    Water regularly throughout the growing season.
    5. Mulch

    A light mulch around spinach plants will help keep the leaves free of sand and dirt, so they\'ll be easier to clean when you harvest.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for aphids and leaf-chewing pests.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Wash aphids and other pests off leaves with a strong spray of water.
    8. Harvest

    When plants have reaced full size (6-12\" tall), harvest by cutting entire plant at ground level. Remove leaf stems before using.
    December
    1. Buy

    Buy seed for sowing this month.
    2. Sow Seeds

    Sow a small amount of seeds each week in rich, well-drained soil in full sun for maximum contined harvest from fall through spring. Thin established seedlings to 3-4\" apart.
    3. Fertilize

    Work a balanced fertilizer into the soil before planting seeds.
    4. Water

    Water regularly throughout the growing season.
    5. Mulch

    A light mulch around spinach plants will help keep the leaves free of sand and dirt, so they\'ll be easier to clean when you harvest.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for aphids and leaf-chewing pests.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Wash aphids and other pests off leaves with a strong spray of water.
    8. Harvest

    When plants have reaced full size (6-12\" tall), harvest by cutting entire plant at ground level. Remove leaf stems before using.
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    January

    Buy seed for sowing this month.

    February

    Buy seed for sowing this month.

    March

    Buy seed for sowing this month.

    September

    Buy seed for sowing this month.

    October

    Buy seed for sowing this month.

    November

    Buy seed for sowing this month.

    December

    Buy seed for sowing this month.

    Sow Seeds

    When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

    January

    Sow a small amount of seeds each week in rich, well-drained soil in full sun for maximum contined harvest from fall through spring. Thin established seedlings to 3-4\" apart.

    February

    Sow a small amount of seeds each week in rich, well-drained soil in full sun for maximum contined harvest from fall through spring. Thin established seedlings to 3-4\" apart.

    March

    Sow a small amount of seeds each week in rich, well-drained soil in full sun for maximum contined harvest from fall through spring. Thin established seedlings to 3-4\" apart.

    September

    Sow a small amount of seeds each week in rich, well-drained soil in full sun for maximum contined harvest from fall through spring. Thin established seedlings to 3-4\" apart.

    October

    Sow a small amount of seeds each week in rich, well-drained soil in full sun for maximum contined harvest from fall through spring. Thin established seedlings to 3-4\" apart.

    November

    Sow a small amount of seeds each week in rich, well-drained soil in full sun for maximum contined harvest from fall through spring. Thin established seedlings to 3-4\" apart.

    December

    Sow a small amount of seeds each week in rich, well-drained soil in full sun for maximum contined harvest from fall through spring. Thin established seedlings to 3-4\" apart.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    January

    Work a balanced fertilizer into the soil before planting seeds.

    February

    Work a balanced fertilizer into the soil before planting seeds.

    March

    Work a balanced fertilizer into the soil before planting seeds.

    September

    Work a balanced fertilizer into the soil before planting seeds.

    October

    Work a balanced fertilizer into the soil before planting seeds.

    November

    Work a balanced fertilizer into the soil before planting seeds.

    December

    Work a balanced fertilizer into the soil before planting seeds.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    January

    Water regularly throughout the growing season.

    February

    Water regularly throughout the growing season.

    March

    Water regularly throughout the growing season.

    April

    Water regularly throughout the growing season.

    May

    Water regularly throughout the growing season.

    September

    Water regularly throughout the growing season.

    October

    Water regularly throughout the growing season.

    November

    Water regularly throughout the growing season.

    December

    Water regularly throughout the growing season.

    Mulch

    Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

    January

    A light mulch around spinach plants will help keep the leaves free of sand and dirt, so they\'ll be easier to clean when you harvest.

    February

    A light mulch around spinach plants will help keep the leaves free of sand and dirt, so they\'ll be easier to clean when you harvest.

    March

    A light mulch around spinach plants will help keep the leaves free of sand and dirt, so they\'ll be easier to clean when you harvest.

    April

    A light mulch around spinach plants will help keep the leaves free of sand and dirt, so they\'ll be easier to clean when you harvest.

    May

    A light mulch around spinach plants will help keep the leaves free of sand and dirt, so they\'ll be easier to clean when you harvest.

    September

    A light mulch around spinach plants will help keep the leaves free of sand and dirt, so they\'ll be easier to clean when you harvest.

    October

    A light mulch around spinach plants will help keep the leaves free of sand and dirt, so they\'ll be easier to clean when you harvest.

    November

    A light mulch around spinach plants will help keep the leaves free of sand and dirt, so they\'ll be easier to clean when you harvest.

    December

    A light mulch around spinach plants will help keep the leaves free of sand and dirt, so they\'ll be easier to clean when you harvest.

    Pest/Disease Inspection

    What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

    January

    Watch for aphids and leaf-chewing pests.

    February

    Watch for aphids and leaf-chewing pests.

    March

    Watch for aphids and leaf-chewing pests.

    April

    Watch for aphids and leaf-chewing pests.

    May

    Watch for aphids and leaf-chewing pests.

    September

    Watch for aphids and leaf-chewing pests.

    October

    Watch for aphids and leaf-chewing pests.

    November

    Watch for aphids and leaf-chewing pests.

    December

    Watch for aphids and leaf-chewing pests.

    Treat for Pest/Disease

    How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

    January

    Wash aphids and other pests off leaves with a strong spray of water.

    February

    Wash aphids and other pests off leaves with a strong spray of water.

    March

    Wash aphids and other pests off leaves with a strong spray of water.

    April

    Wash aphids and other pests off leaves with a strong spray of water.

    May

    Wash aphids and other pests off leaves with a strong spray of water.

    September

    Wash aphids and other pests off leaves with a strong spray of water.

    October

    Wash aphids and other pests off leaves with a strong spray of water.

    November

    Wash aphids and other pests off leaves with a strong spray of water.

    December

    Wash aphids and other pests off leaves with a strong spray of water.

    Harvest

    When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

    January

    When plants have reaced full size (6-12\" tall), harvest by cutting entire plant at ground level. Remove leaf stems before using.

    February

    When plants have reaced full size (6-12\" tall), harvest by cutting entire plant at ground level. Remove leaf stems before using.

    March

    When plants have reaced full size (6-12\" tall), harvest by cutting entire plant at ground level. Remove leaf stems before using.

    April

    When plants have reaced full size (6-12\" tall), harvest by cutting entire plant at ground level. Remove leaf stems before using.

    May

    When plants have reaced full size (6-12\" tall), harvest by cutting entire plant at ground level. Remove leaf stems before using.

    October

    When plants have reaced full size (6-12\" tall), harvest by cutting entire plant at ground level. Remove leaf stems before using.

    November

    When plants have reaced full size (6-12\" tall), harvest by cutting entire plant at ground level. Remove leaf stems before using.

    December

    When plants have reaced full size (6-12\" tall), harvest by cutting entire plant at ground level. Remove leaf stems before using.

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