All Things Gardening forum: Spinach with a mind of it's own

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Name: Mike Keough
San Francisco, CA. (Zone 10a)
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putitupmike
Aug 19, 2012 2:06 PM CST
A few weeks ago I planted Spinach in a couple of locations. One is in a 24 inch planter. All of it is doing fine, but the container crop seems to be flowering. There are no more than three sets of leaves and now they are getting a tight bunch of, something. It's a tight short vertical stem growing in the center of the plant. It is a stem with tons of very small, very tight circular things. Could the plant be flowering? On the one plant where I removed the stem there are now two stems growing. Interesting, but I am going to want to eat this stuff.
Name: woofie
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woofie
Aug 20, 2012 10:48 AM CST
You don't mention where you're located, but since it seems to be hot everywhere this is probably your problem. Spinach does NOT like hot weather and will bolt (go to seed) even when it's small.
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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Aug 20, 2012 7:25 PM CST
I agree

I have had very young plants go to seed before getting big enough to pick.
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Name: woofie
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woofie
Aug 20, 2012 7:33 PM CST
And some varieties are more prone to that than others.
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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Aug 22, 2012 5:53 PM CST
Could it be that you planted Strawberry spinach? They set fruit up the stem and the plants don't get very big...at least they don't here.
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