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Spinach, Baby's Leaf Hybrid

Short Description

The flat green leaves are sweet tender and very easy to clean.

Full Description

This Burpee exclusive ripens extra-early for salads (30 days) and has lots of leaf but little stem and matures quickly (40 days). For first crop, sow in spring. Plant again in late summer. In mild winter areas, fall plantings yield in early spring. One packet contains 300 seeds and will sow a 30' row.
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Product properties

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

30-40 days

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun, Part Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

4 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

10-12 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow/Indoor Sow

Planting Time The recommended time of the year in which this product should be planted.

Fall, Spring

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Growing Spinach
Quick and easy growing as both a spring crop and a fall crop. Deliciously tangy, fresh or cooked.
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How to Sow

  • Sow in early spring for the first crop, again in late summer for a fall crop.
  • Sow in average, well-worked soil in a sunny location.
  • In rows 1 ½-2 feet apart, sow seeds evenly and cover with ½ inch of fine soil. Firm lightly and water gently.
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days depending on soil and weather conditions.
  • Thin gradually to stand 6 inches apart starting when seedlings are about 1-2 inches high. Do not thin baby leaf spinach.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. Avoid disturbing the soil around the plants when weeding as spinach is shallow rooted.
  • Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote rapid, uninterrupted growth. Plants need about 1-1 ½ inches of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.

Harvest and Preserving Tips

  • Harvest the outer leaves when 3 inches long.
  • Snip baby leaf as needed when the leaves reach about 2 inches.
  • When the warm weather arrives and seed stalks start to develop, harvest the entire plant immediately.
  • Leaves can be sautéed or steamed as well as eaten raw.
  • Wash, dry and store in a perforated plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Days To Maturity
30-40 days
Full Sun, Part Sun
4 inches
10-12 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
4 inches
Life Cycle
Spinach, Baby's Leaf Hybrid is rated 4.5625 out of 5 by 16.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! We tried this spinach last year and it was wonderful. We will be planting again this year. But as they have all stated it is a cool weather friend when the heat comes out its gone.
Date published: 2016-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good taste This spinach tastes great and was a cinch to grow. It doesn't make the best cut and come again crop, but the germination is reliable and the crop was tasty.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing The taste is great, and it grows quickly without any issues. I used untreated wood chips and I had to harvest each week due to it's quick abundance.
Date published: 2014-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect every time! I've planted this spinach every year for the past several years. It is a great germinator - very easy to grow - and has a mild, delicious flavor. With two 12-foot rows I am able to cut enough leaves for a family of 4 at least once a week without the plants looking like I even touched them! Easily survives the occasional unexpected hard freeze without covering. I have best results with this spinach when the weather is cool, and I have grown it successfully in the shade. Harvest as much as you can before the weather warms, or the spinach will yellow, become bitter, and start to bolt. (Note: this is probably true of any spinach variety.) Unlike the experience of one reviewer, my leaves can get quite large (bigger than a man's hand) without yellowing or becoming bitter. This is my most reliable crop year after year and my two kids (now aged 21 and 19) are spinach lovers thanks to Baby's Leaf Hybrid.
Date published: 2013-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Germination Fast Growth I'm in east Texas and planted this mid January. Seeds sprouted in three days and today, two weeks later, all plants are around three inches tall. Looks like it will be a good harvest. Had a couple of frosts so far and haven't covered them yet.
Date published: 2013-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easier than weeds! I am a beginning gardener. This spinach grew better than my weeds or my grass. I harvested 10 quart sized bags out of one packet of seeds. I will definitely be buying these again for a late summer planting, if I have room, and next year I will have a larger area for it. In the picture, the front corner is what is left just before I pulled it from the ground, today, to cut up for freezing.
Date published: 2012-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious, Sweet & Tender For Salads & Cooking!! This grows easy for me every year...once in spring thru summer, then in late summer into fall. Delicious, sweet, tender spinach for salads and cooking too!----Easy to clean and use. It likes moist but well drained soil that's rich in organic matter, composted manure, peat moss, lime, a bit of sand in clay areas, and a slow release 10-10-10 fertilizer. Spray with Sevin when pests rear their ugly heads!---Bug-Getta by Ortho for slugs & snails. If you're unfortunate enough to be plagued by Japaneese Beetles in June-August, they really love to eat anything that's pretty or delicious to us humans!---So Sevin is a good ally.
Date published: 2010-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Spinach I live near Chicago and planted these in March (very early). These plants did very well in the cool Spring weather and even survived about 5 frosts with some care. Every plant yielded plenty of leaves that we harvested up until the warmer weather in June. This plant really likes the cool weather.
Date published: 2010-05-31
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