Bloomsdale Spinach is an heirloom, open-pollinated spinach variety known for it’s heat-tolerance in late spring and early fall. Also known as “long-standing spinach,” this variety was introduced in the 1920s and has been a favorite of backyard gardeners since. Bloomsdale produces plants with an upright growth habit. This keeps the leaves cleaner during periods of heavy precipitation and also allows for easier harvesting.
The leaves are thick and heavily savoyed or crinkled. They are also dark green and very nutritious. This is a great variety for raw consumption or cooking. Use it as the base for your favorite salad, or lightly sauté for a flavorful, delicious side dish.
Bloomsdale Spinach may be direct-seeded or transplanted. Transplanting allows for more consistent plant spacing and prevents seedlings from competing with weeds in the early stages of the plant. We recommend starting transplants 3-4 weeks before the desired outdoor planting date. Spinach transplants grow great in our heavy-duty seed starting trays, where they develop a solid root ball with roots that are trained to grow downward. Plants are ready to go in the ground when they can be easily pulled from the cells in the seed starting tray.
For direct-seeding, we suggest using the #2 seed plate with our Hoss Garden Seeder. It is important to always check the hole size to make sure the seeds can freely flow through the holes. If necessary, drill the holes slightly larger to accommodate the seed. When direct seeding, we suggest planting a dense bed so that any weed growth is shaded once plants get larger.
Bloomsdale Spinach Planting Information
Planting Method: direct seed or transplant
When to Plant: early spring and fall
Planting Depth: 1/2″
Seed Spacing: 2″
Row Spacing: 12-18″
Days to Maturity: 45
Disease Resistance: None