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Spinach Succession Planting & Season Extension

Johnny’s Planting Programs are designed to take the guesswork out of succession planting, allowing you to easily extend your harvest throughout the growing season. Slow-growing spinach varieties mature best under warm conditions, whereas faster-growing varieties mature best under cooler conditions. Varieties are ordered by days-to-maturity.

Choose Spinach Varieties by Sowing & Harvesting Periods

SOWING (Green) / HARVESTING (Red)
 Spinach Variety & Features Cool/
Spring
Warm/
Summer
Cool/
Fall
Cold/
Winter
Late Winter/Early Spring

Red Kitten Red Kitten
Leaf: Smooth
Days to Maturity: 23 baby; 34 full size
Color: Dark Red
Growth Rate: Fast
Bolting: Fast
Downy Mildew Resistance: Races 1–13
Red Kitten Spinach


Racoon Racoon
Leaf: Smooth
Days to Maturity: 36
Color: Dark
Growth Rate: Fast
Bolting: Fast
Downy Mildew Resistance: Races 1–12, 14
Racoon Spinach

Corvair Corvair
Leaf: Smooth
Days to Maturity: 39
Color: Very Dark
Growth Rate: Medium
Bolting: Slow
Downy Mildew Resistance: Races 1–11, 13
Corvair Spinach

Space Space
Leaf: Smooth
Days to Maturity: 39
Color: Dark Red
Growth Rate: Medium
Bolting: Slow
Downy Mildew Resistance: Races 1–3
Space Spinach

Emu Flamingo
Leaf: Arrowhead
Days to Maturity: 37
Color: Dark
Growth Rate: Fast
Bolting: Medium
Downy Mildew Resistance: Races 1–13


Emperor Emperor
Leaf: Semi-Savoy
Days to Maturity: 35
Color: Dark
Growth Rate: Medium
Bolting: Medium
Downy Mildew Resistance: Races 1–10
Emperor Spinach

Carmel Carmel
Leaf: Semi-Savoy
Days to Maturity: 35
Color: Dark
Growth Rate: Fast
Bolting: Fast
Downy Mildew Resistance: Races 1–11, 13


TyeeTyee
Leaf: Savoyed
Days to Maturity: 40
Color: Medium
Growth Rate: Medium
Bolting: Very slow
Downy Mildew Resistance: Races 1, 3, 5, 8–9, 11–12
Tyee Spinach

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Tech Tip

In the North, spinach can be grown in a hoophouse right through December. The key is to have the spinach established before the day length drops below 10 hours, after which growth rate slows to a standstill but tolerance to cold temperatures remains in effect, allowing for winter harvest and overwintering for early spring harvest.



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