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Spinach, Crocodile Hybrid

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The most heat resistant spinach we've ever seen.

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This choice variety, with dark green semi-savoy leaves, produces plentifully and is something like a spinach superman when it comes to heat-resistance. Great as a baby leaf for salads or fully mature for cooking. Upright, adaptable plants are highly resistant to downy mildew.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

25-55 days

Leaf Texture The typical height of this product at maturity.


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.

10 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

6 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

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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
25-55 days
Leaf Texture
Full Sun, Part Sun
10 inches
6 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
6 inches
Life Cycle
Spinach, Crocodile Hybrid is rated 3.25 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favorite Spinach I just harvested my final crop in mid-July! This is a wonderful performer with tender leaves and great flavor -- and grown from seed left over from last year. None of my friends had spinach that made it past mid-June in the heat. Croc hybrid is my favorite spinach, and I'll be planting it again later this summer and in 2016!
Date published: 2015-07-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poorest germination of any spinach I've ever grown Maybe I got a bad batch of seed, but my seeds germinated extremely poorly. Then, the few plants that managed to grow were quite poor and slow growing in comparison to all my other spinach varieties.
Date published: 2015-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even in 100 degree heat this spinach didn't bolt! This spinach stayed tender and didn't bolt even through a week of 100 degree heat. I love this stuff, in fact I'm ordering more right now!
Date published: 2013-08-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Bolted (went to seed) after a few weeks I planted these in late May, and they bolted (went to seed) in less than a month. I will not order these again, since they hardly made it through the heat! This is the first I have planted spinach, so if this is the most heat resistant perhaps we should not be planting it here in Pennsylvania.
Date published: 2013-07-08
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