Spinach, Bloomsdale Long Standing
HEIRLOOM. Heavy, continuous yield of thick-textured, crinkled, glossy, dark green leaves.
Days To Maturity
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
2-4 weeks BLF
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 Maturity40-48 daysSunFull SunSpread4 inchesHeight10-12 inchesSow MethodDirect Sow/Indoor SowPlanting TimeFall, SpringSow Time2-4 weeks BLFThin4 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Spinach, Bloomsdale Long Standing is rated out of 5 by 9.Rated 5 out of 5 by Larry1947 from Bloomsdale Spinach Last winter I grew this all winter long. It would freeze and thaw but still lasted through the winter. I recommend this. I grew this in a raised but although I do both types of gardening. Raised beds seem to do better for spinach for me.Date published: 2014-09-21Rated 3 out of 5 by Wryter from Great taste, never bitter While the Bloomsdale Long Standing I grew this year was delicious and never bitter, it developed very slowly and wasn't very productive. This could have been my fault as I may have planted it too early (Feb 19) and because I put it near my snap peas it got shaded on top of that. I got my first small crop on April 24 and the plants never did grow large and bolt--again I think because they got too much shade. I'll try it again this fall and next spring in full sun and see how it goes. It's too tasty to give up on. In terms of flavor it's my favorite spinach. This fall I'll also try Noble Giant and next spring New Zealand since I'm still looking for the perfect variety for my microclimate. Kingman, AZ gets less than 8" rainfall per year, sits at 3500' and summertime highs are mostly above 100 with 109 or higher not uncommon. Winter lows rarely get below freezing but can drop into the high teens briefly.Date published: 2014-08-15Rated 5 out of 5 by 1234 from Awesome spinach Prolific rich green leaflets within weeks, leaves bigger than your head by May's end great for stirfry, lasts into heat of July with wateringDate published: 2014-05-17Rated 5 out of 5 by irelamanda from Great! I picked my spinach very you, and it grew quickly, lasting through frost!Date published: 2014-04-30Rated 5 out of 5 by grandpa1948 from Dependable and Delicious Spinach I've planted this variety for years, always as a spring crop and with better than satisfactory results. Last year, I planted a couple of rows in August for a fall crop, but with the heat and drought here in Kansas, it didn't sprout until late September. I just left there over the winter, and we had a bad one with temperatures dropping below zero several times and come and go snow--once with 11". I thought for sure it would have frozen out, but here it is the middle of march, the potatoes, peas, and onions are in the ground, but not up yet, and I've already harvested enough of the larger leaves for a mess of cooked spinach, as well as, having been picking and eating it raw right in the garden for the last couple of weeks. They don't advertise this as something that will winter over, and I'm certainly not making any guarantees that it will, but it did this year, and I think it may be the sweetest and most tender I've ever tasted. I liked this variety before, and I love it now. I can't give it a high enough rating or recommendation.Date published: 2014-03-23Rated 5 out of 5 by sunflowerlover from Great Tasting! I planted these last year,and they grew very well,and tasted very good.They were definitely "Long Standing" and reached maturity time before expected.Date published: 2014-02-16Rated 3 out of 5 by veggievirgin from Stayed small This spinach never grew very big for me, although we did enjoy some baby spinach. Good taste!Date published: 2013-12-25Rated 5 out of 5 by djterry11 from Simply Delectable! This is my first time with heirlooms and spinach. The taste is superb! It has a very mild taste. I think I taste a very small hint of sweetness but I may be wrong. The leaves are definitely thick and crinkly so wash very well. This is a fast grower. Even in the Georgia heat it took awhile before I saw one bolting. The leaves are a little smaller than I thought. Definitely a keeper!Date published: 2011-06-11