Rich, green color on productive plants, 'Lavewa' is an open-pollinated variety that competes with hybrids for flavor, heat tolerance, and mildew resistance. Spinach is high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and low in calories.
Botanical Name: Spinacia oleracea
Days to Maturity: 28–45 days
Native: Southwest Asia
Hardiness: Frost-tolerant annual. Very cold hardy; fall-sown plants may overwinter even in climates with sub-zero temperatures.
Plant Dimensions: 6″–8″ tall
Variety Information: Rich green, glossy, 6″ slightly puckered leaves.
Attributes: Good for Containers, Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is above 40°F; ideally 50°–75°F. Successive Sowings: Every 3 weeks until 4 weeks before your average first fall frost date. If mulched, spinach can overwinter in sub–zero temperatures. Soil temperatures above 85°F halt germination.
When to Start Inside: Not recommended; roots sensitive to disturbance.
Days to Emerge: 5–10 days
Seed Depth: ½”
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 6″
Row Spacing: 12″
Thinning: When 1″ tall thin to 1 every 6″
Harvesting: Pick individual leaves from outer edges of plant as they become big enough to use or cut the whole plant 1″ above the ground; new leaves will be produced. When picking individual leaves, also removing the leaf stem at the same time is best; this reduces vulnerability to disease during die-back and conserves plant energy. Harvest before the plant sends up a flower stalk (bolting). Just prior to bolting, leaves take on an “arrowhead” shape, adding small keel shapes to the base of the leaf.
This packet sows up to 48 feet. 290 seeds in packet.