tiny spinach seedling flowering already?!

srg215(6b nj)April 21, 2012

my spinach seedlings which i started indoors about a month ago and are still tiny, were just transplanted outside seem to already have a little flower in the center. how is that possible?

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Spinach is better sown outside, in cool conditions. It might have been too warm inside for them.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 9:11PM
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Belgianpup(Wa/Zone 7b)

Spinach not only likes cool temps, but short day-lengths. The days are getting longer now, and that's their signal to set seed.

Try sowing some in Sept or Oct, when the days are shorter and getting more so. Next year, start as early as you can, like Jan or Feb.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2012 at 12:37PM
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Also look for bolt-resistant varieties. I grow Space hybrid, which seems to last longer than most others I have grown. I have also overwintered fall plantings of Space hybrid, and have had them last longer than spring planted spinach of other varieties.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2012 at 10:44PM
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also old seeds tend to bolt

    Bookmark   April 24, 2012 at 11:37PM
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