Pembroke Twp., IL
What are the pros? NA
What are the cons? No germination
I bought a 1/4 pound bag about 5 years ago and not one seed germinated in my one acre garden. It was unbelievable! After learning this year of a technique used on spinach I may try again.
Scientists call this process “priming,” and it’s easy to do at home. About a week before planting, soak spinach seeds in room temperature water for 24 hours. Place the wet seeds on a paper towel, and allow to dry at room temperature for a day or two. Shift the seeds to an airtight container, and keep in a cool place for up to a week. The primed seeds will retain enough moisture to
complete the first two stages of germination. After planting, primed spinach seeds germinate in only 5 days, compared to 10 or more for seeds straight out of the packet.
Getting a good stand comes down to spoiling your garden spinach, and the same tricks to promote spinach germination in spring come in handy in the fall. Spinach loses its enthusiasm for sprouting at temperatures over 75?F (23?C).
Only recommend if you prime.
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