How to Harvest Spinach

March 28, 2018 4 Comments

How to Harvest Spinach

Did you know that when you harvest spinach, it will grow back for continuous harvests? Just by picking the right leaves at the right time, the plants will keep sending up new foliage for more spinach-artichoke grilled cheeses and green smoothies in just a few days. Here are a few key pointers to make your crop last:

 

  • When spinach plants have multiple leaves and are 4-6" tall, they can be picked.
  • Harvest spinach leaves in the morning or evening to avoid the hottest part of the day. The heat will stress the plants and your freshly cut leaves will be wilted.
  • Take the outer/oldest leaves of each plant working around the center. Harvest about 1/3 of each plant.
  • Water, wait, repeat. Spinach leaves will regrow in just a matter of days. 
  • If new leaves look narrow, pointy, and a thick center stem with flower buds comes up, the spinach is starting to "bolt". When this happens, the leaves will be bitter because the plants are putting more energy (sugars) into flowers and seeds. At this point, it is time to pull out your spinach plants. Plant your new round or "succession" of spinach, but use a different area of your garden for good rotation practices.  

 

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4 Responses

The Seedsheet Team
The Seedsheet Team

January 17, 2019

Hi Mzoe! Great question. The only tool you will need is a sharp blade of some sort, a knife or gardening scissors will both work. You should also have some vessel to put the harvested spinach leaves in, like a bowl or basket. Let us know if you have any other questions or concerns.

Happy Harvesting!
The Seedsheet Team

Mzoe Blackamoor Dlamini
Mzoe Blackamoor Dlamini

January 17, 2019

What are the tools of harvesting spinach

The Seedsheet Team
The Seedsheet Team

December 11, 2018

Hi Tomi! With the variety of spinach that we currently offer, we suggest harvesting every week or week and a half, for about two months total. When you harvest, you should not take any more than 1/3 of the plants foliage at a time. Let us know if you have any other questions or concerns.

Happy Harvesting!
The Seedsheet Team

Tomi
Tomi

December 11, 2018

Hi, thanks for the info! How many days (time frame) in this type of spinach harvest is actually possible? Tomi

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