Scientific name: Spinacia oleracea
Spinach is leafy herbaceous annual plant grown for its leaves which are used as a vegetable. Leaves are simple which stems from centre of the plant and measure about 2-30cm long and 1-15 cm across.
The leaves grow in a rosette and can appear crinkled or flat.
The plant produces small yellow-green flowers which are 3-4 mm in diameter.
The flowers produce small fruit clusters which contain seeds.
Spinach in an annual and survives only one growing season and can reach 3 cm in height.
Common Names: Paalakura (Telugu) Pallak (Hindi, Kannada)
Soil and climatic requirement: Spinach grow well in Loamy soil with 15 -20 degree temperature.
Crop Duration: 90 days
Planting season: Sep- Nov
Planting type: Direct sowing
Spacing: Row -Row 60x Plant to plant 20 Cm
Depth of sowing: 0.75 cm
Germination period: 5-9 days
Hours of sunlight required: Minimum 6 Hrs (Select site with full sun light with partial shade is required )
Irrigation: 6-7 days intervals watering as to be done.
Companion crops: Strawberries, other greens
Seed treatment: Seed treated with Thiram it helps to control seedling blight