Spinach Doesn't Come Up - Knowledgebase Question

Harrisburg, PA
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Question by onelatte
April 11, 2000
i'm having a problem with my (burpee) avon spinach. i planted it on three different occasions throughout march and april but few plants have come up. what has come up falls over and dies. last year it did very well. we have had a wet spring here so i know the seeds are getting moisture. any suggestions?

Answer from NGA
April 11, 2000
Based on your description, I am not certain what the problem is but, if the location is poorly drained, it is possible the soil is simply too wet. Another possibility is that the occasional truly cold night has just been too cold for them without protection. Finally, while the soil temperature does need to be over about 35 degrees for the seed to germinate, it does do better in a slightly warmer soil with optimum germination around 70 degrees. You still have time to seed again for spring.

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