(42 days mature, 20 to baby leaf) F-1 hybrid. Cosmetic allure alone could not succor us in the loss of star performer Tyee. Luckily, Avon came calling. This vigorous semi-savoy matures large broad dark green leaves with mild sprightly sweet flavor. Tender leaf and stem pair well with an upright spreading habit for easy baby-stage cuttings. Avon holds well in heat and keeps its pleasing texture and good looks as the days get shorter and cooler. With bountiful early and late harvests, you might find yourself peddling beautiful tasty spinach door to door. “Love this spinach—it really IS a good substitute for Tyee, which is what we always grew for pack sales,” reported Lisa and Howard Prussack of High Meadows Farm in Putney, Vt. “Vigorous and holds up well if not over-heated or under-watered.” We found Avon’s DM resistance is not adapted to overwintered protected culture. Otherwise resistant to DM1,2 and CMV. Cold-hardy through at least part of the Maine winter.⑤
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1,400–2,600 seeds/oz. ¼ oz packet sows 30–50 ft; 1 oz plants 120–200 ft.
Culture: Very hardy. Must be planted as soon as the ground can be worked in the spring to avoid early bolting. For fall crop try late July–Aug. sowing; to overwinter, sow late Aug.–Sept. Heavy nitrogen requirements, but avoid applying high-nitrogen fertilizers shortly before harvest to prevent high nitrate levels in the leaves. Pick large leaves often for heavier production.
Smooth-leaved spinach is easier to wash than the semi-savoyed type and is increasingly preferred. Heat, crowding and long day-length (over 14 hours) trigger premature bolting. To retard bolting, avoid hot-weather planting, use wider spacing and irrigate or use shade cloth.
Minimum germination temperature 35°, optimal range 45–65°. Spinach seed will not germinate in soil temperatures above 85°.