Spinach, Giant 157 Hybrid
Extra-large easy to clean
Extra-large, smooth and heavy leaves are easy to clean. Leaves are crisp when used fresh in salads and creamy-smooth when cooked. Very productive. Grows best in cool weather and full to part sun. Grow as a spring or fall crop.
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Order: 1 Pkt. (300 seeds)
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 Maturity50 daysSunFull SunSpread4 inchesHeight10-12 inchesSow MethodDirect Sow/Indoor SowPlanting TimeFall, SpringSow Time2-4 weeks BLFThin4 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Spinach, Giant 157 Hybrid is rated out of 5 by 8.Rated 5 out of 5 by countrygal1 from Had success! First time growing spinach wish i had more. most of the leaves are larger and cleaning was easy. I will grow this again.Date published: 2015-05-31Rated 5 out of 5 by MacR from GREAT SPINACH Received seed to late in 2013 for spring planting, so planted Sept. 2013. Too small for use last fall, but plants survived coldest winter on record for our area (single digits on morning) and are now using for salads. Mrs. SC MAC likes the large and fairly smooth leaves as they are easily washed for table use.Date published: 2014-03-29Rated 5 out of 5 by Laugher from Great for Spring Planting in an oceanside garden I have been experimenting with alot of spinach types to find the best varieties for my challenging gardening conditions, and 157 is by far the best for me to plant in the spring. I have some beautiful 157 plants thriving with seedlings also doing well, while my Olympia has significantly slowed down and the Giant Winter variety has bolted.I don't think that I have tried 157 in Fall yet, but will this year. I yearn for large spinach and 157 is working best for me for Spring planting. Seems to be very disease resistant, as well. I have wet chilly conditions, but this also does well when the heat hits. I just ordered another packet.Date published: 2013-04-30Rated 5 out of 5 by nicknick119 from Gigantic leaves The leaves didn't seem as crisp as I expected, more like the texture of baby spinach. Leaves are larger than the size of a slice of bread! Sow thinly. Mine were nearly a foot apart and still shaded each other. I had to thin them again by the time they were ready for harvest!Date published: 2013-03-13Rated 1 out of 5 by Gary from Spinach Giant 157 I have been happy with Burpee seeds for years but I planted fresh Giant 157 Spinach in early spring and late summer with zero, none, zip,nada plants coming up either time. I hand planted both times. I wish I had planted my old Bloomingsdale seeds instead. GaryDate published: 2011-09-07Rated 5 out of 5 by ILGardener from The best ever! I planted this in my raised bed this Spring and was amazed at how fast this Giant 157 Hybrid variety began to grow - The leaves are HUGE! Try it on your salad, the taste is outstanding! I'll be growing this every year from now on.Date published: 2010-06-15Rated 5 out of 5 by GAFARMEBOY from REMARKABLE!!!!!! I have leaves larger than my hand span! Almost 10 to 11" wide leaves that are so unbelievably flavorful!!!! Simply the best spinach I have ever planted !!!! Highly recommend!!!!Date published: 2009-05-07Rated 5 out of 5 by Chocolatl from Big winner My family loves fresh spinach, but because we have a small yard, we could only grow enough to use in salads. Then I planted Giant 157. For the first time we had enough spinach to cook! I also had no trouble growing this in partial shade. We still have it in salads--it tastes great that way, too.Date published: 2006-02-08