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Giant Winter (Gigante d'Inverno) Spinach

Giant Winter (Gigante d'Inverno) Spinach

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Giant Winter
(Gigante d'Inverno)

Spinacia oleracea

45 days — 'Giant Winter' spinach plants produce large, smooth, semi-savoyed leaves, that are medium-green in color. This variety was specifically bred to be tolerant of colder temperatures, which allows it to be sown in late summer or early autumn for late fall greenhouse harvests, or allowed to overwinter for use in early spring. If you prefer, it can also be planted at the same time as other spinach varieties.

Also known as 'Winter Giant' and  'Gigante d'Inverno', this spinach is an old European variety. Each packet contains four grams, which is approximately 300 seeds.
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Planting Instructions: Spinach and other greens thrive in cool spring and fall weather (50° F to 60° F). A few greens can handle summer heat, but most of them prefer the cooler temperatures of spring and fall. Most lettuce and greens can withstand occasional exposure to light frost but if very cold weather is coming, protect your plants with a frost cover.

Sowing: Prepare the seedbed outdoors using a hard tined rake, smoothening out the soil. Lightly sow and just barely cover the seeds with soil. Keep soil moist until germination is achieved. You can also start seeds indoors by sowing into seed starting trays using fresh new seed starting potting mix into clean seed starting trays. Just barely cover the seeds and keep well watered until they sprout. Harden off and transplant into the garden after about 3 weeks. Informational References:
  1. "Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners," Cornell University.