Perpetual Spinach (Beta vulgaris var cicla)
Perpetual Spinach (Beta vulgaris var cicla)
Perpetual Spinach (Beta vulgaris var cicla)
Perpetual Spinach (Beta vulgaris var cicla)
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Perpetual Spinach (Beta vulgaris var cicla)

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Are you tired of having your spinach bolt in hot weather?  Us too!  Perpetual Spinach to the rescue...  Perpetual Spinach is actually a chard, but it tastes more like spinach and has a tender, nice mouth-feel.  It can handle summer heat no problem and is quite cold-tolerant.  We've heard that it can be grown as a perennial down to zone 5 with lots of mulch.

Why We Love It

Here are some of the reasons why we love Perpetual Spinach...

1.  TONS OF GREENS! - We grow tons of these delicious greens in the understory of our perennial collards.  They grow close to the ground and the collards reach above them.  Double the greens in the same amount of space!  

2. VERY TENDER - One of the challenges with perennial veggies is that many of them are a little tougher than annual vegetables.  Not so with perpetual spinach.  It is soft and melts in your mouth.

3.  HEAT TOLERANT - One of the biggest challenges of growing annual spinach is that it immediately bolts once it starts to get hot out.  Perpetual Spinach will handle the summer just fine.

How to Grow It

Here's how to grow Perpetual Spinach:

SUN FULL SUN TO  SHADE
MOISTURE AVERAGE; WELL DRAINED SOILS
GROWING ZONES USDA 7-9 perennial, annual everywhere else  (Not sure? Find your growing zone here)
SIZE 12" TALL & WIDE
PRO TIP Soak seeds overnight in water before planting to ensure strong germination.  If you want them to grow them as a perennial, cut off the flower stalks and keep them well mulched.

 

How to Harvest & Use It

Harvest the outer most leaves from the base on a regular basis to keep plants productive.  You can use these tender leaves raw or cooked wherever you'd normally use spinach.

    Here are some helpful tips from Kraus Laitenberger on growing perpetual spinach: