The Q&A Archives: Wilting Spinach

Question: My spinach plants are about 3 inches tall and only an inch or two apart. Instead of thinning the row I transplanted some of them to make more room. The next day the plants that I moved were wilted. After the fact, I have read that spinach roots are sensitive to disruption. Have I ruined my spinach or is there something I can do to revive them? Thank you.

Answer: The best thing to do is to make sure the plants are well watered before you move them, water them in well to settle the soil around the roots when you transplant, then shade them a bit for a few days until they re-adjust to their new location. When you dig the transplants, take a root ball large enough to avoid disturbing the roots if at all possible and be sure to replant immediately. Working on a cloudy day or in the evening or just before a rainy spell can also help. With any luck, your spinach will revive. Next time, you might plant them a bit further apart and then use the cut and come again harvest method, or better yet, simply eat the thinnings.

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