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Spinach, Avon Hybrid

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Sow in spring and fall for two crops.

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Healthful, tasty spinach can be sown twice for extra yield. Quick-growing, superb flavor. Large, tender, dark green, slightly crinkled leaves.
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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.

44 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
Growing Spinach
Quick and easy growing as both a spring crop and a fall crop. Deliciously tangy, fresh or cooked.
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  • Spinach

    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    S S Succession Planting This means that the plants have multiple harvests in a season
    First Date: Apr-04 - Last Date: May-30

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
44 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, Avon Hybrid is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent flavor! This sometimes takes a while to get growing, but once it reaches 2" tall, it really starts growing well. It produces large, tender, very tasty leaves with no bitterness. It regrows well after trimming the outermost leaves, so you can almost harvest leaves from the same plant every day (although they fare better if you alternate which plants get harvested). My husband and I love this spinach. Just 3-4 leaves (chopped) makes one salad serving. It survives Florida frosts well, and it doesn't immediately bolt when the weather warms up. We were eating great tasting spinach even when the temps moved into the 80s. It never got bitter, it just got leggy. We will be trying other varieties just for fun, but Avon will be the main spinach.
Date published: 2015-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Overwintered in our Jersey garden I could not be more impressed with this spinach. The first season I planted this late in a back garden bed and forgot about it. To my surprise, I found spinach plants growing amongst the many weeds in the bed the FOLLOWING spring. This plant had survived one of the coldest winters on record in our area with no help from me to grow beautiful spinach the following spring that we harvested happily and ate. Last season I grew in small pots on a hot sunny deck, and in January, the plants are still growing. I dash out onto the cold deck every Saturday morning to pick spinach for omelettes. Nom! Nom! Young leaves are crisp and tasty. (I have yet to taste a mature spinach leaf; we eat them way before then.) Obviously these could not be easier to grow. Great and productive plant for the beginning gardener (or anyone that loves spinach).
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This Spinach This is some of the best spinach I have ever grown. It came in nice and thick with beautiful bright green leaves. The taste is so mile and sweet that we just can't get enough of it! Perfect for our East Texas early spring climate!
Date published: 2013-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent flavor This grows the best of the spinach types I've tried in Houston. You can cut it back several times and it will pop back up quickly. My son likes it so much, I have to wait to harvest it for times when he comes home from college. I do have a problem with cut worms, but putting a paper cup (with the bottom cut out of it) over the plant until the bottom of the cup is firmly seated in the ground works perfectly.
Date published: 2009-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spinach Avon is one of many spinaches I grow in fall, winter and spring in North carolina under floating row covers. I have had great success with this technique in raised beds, though you have to be careful to fertilize and water regularly. This year the AVON spinach was roughly 50% bigger than the Melody, Noble Giant, Bloomsdale, and Samish spinaches that were sown at the same time. Lovely plants though a bit leggier than their peers. Lots of good tasty leaves very quickly.
Date published: 2007-01-10
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