Olympia

Olympia Spinach

(38 days) F-1 hybrid. Always stands as strong in November as our former senator Olympia Snowe. An outstanding performer for the fall crop and even early winter but not as hardy as Winter Bloomsdale, Olympia grows fast, producing enormous yields of mostly smooth leaves up to 5x6" almost entirely lacking in oxalic-acid taste, so her mild flavor goes down easily. But Olympia can’t stand the heat and bolts quickly when planted in spring. Resistant to DM1,2,3,5,8,9,11,12,14, possibly 16. Cold-hardy through at least part of the Maine winter.


2512 Olympia
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Spinach

Spinacia oleracea

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°.

Diseases:

  • BM: Blue Mold
  • CMV: Cucumber Mosaic Virus
  • DM: Downy Mildew