Matador Spinach Seeds

This packet sows up to 36 feet.
4.6666666666667 out of 5 stars
(6 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
Dark green, smooth, oval-shaped leaves are a versatile addition to the kitchen! 'Matador' has great, sweet flavor as a mature plant, can also be enjoyed as a baby green in salad mixes, and has the perfect texture for cooked dishes, such as risotto. Productive plants yield smooth, easy-to-clean leaves. Grows especially well when sown for fall harvest.
$2.29 3 grams (~220 seeds)

Botanical Name: Spinacia oleracea

Days to Maturity: 28–48 days

Family: Amaranthaceae

Native: Southwest Asia

Hardiness: Frost-tolerant annual. Very cold hardy; fall-sown plants may overwinter even in climates with sub-zero temperatures.

Plant Dimensions: 6"–8" tall

Variety Information: Dark green, oval-shaped leaves. 'Matador' is cold hardy with sweet flavor; and slow to bolt in warm weather.

Attributes: Good for Containers, Heat Tolerant

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is above 40°F; ideally 50°–75°F. Successive Sowings: Every 3 weeks until 4 weeks before your average first fall frost date. If mulched, spinach can overwinter in sub–zero temperatures. Soil temperatures above 85°F halt germination.

When to Start Inside: Not recommended; roots sensitive to disturbance.

Days to Emerge: 5–10 days

Seed Depth: ½"

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds 6"

Row Spacing: 12"

Thinning: When 2" tall thin to 1 every 6"

Harvesting: Pick individual leaves from outer edges of plant as they become big enough to use or cut the whole plant 1" above the ground; new leaves will be produced. When picking individual leaves, also removing the leaf stem at the same time is best; this reduces vulnerability to disease during die-back and conserves plant energy. Harvest before the plant sends up a flower stalk (bolting). Just prior to bolting, leaves take on an "arrowhead" shape, adding small keel shapes to the base of the leaf.

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Matador Spinach Seeds Reviews

6 reviews

Review for Matador Spinach Seeds

4 out of 5 stars Jan 16, 2021
After several tries with spinach in Houston, TX in the fall. FINALLY great results! We had a low heavy rain allowing days to dry up and then water canned. Added liquid fertilizer weekly. Lost a few to mature to harvest.
Brett Babbitt from TX

Quick, abundant harvest

4 out of 5 stars Jun 8, 2021
I don't usually have good luck with spinach, but this variety has worked very well. From seed to harvest was about 25 days and I was able to get a pretty large harvest from these. They did end up going to seed after about 30 days, but it has been abnormally warm here in the midwest so this is not super surprising. I'm planning on sowing some more seeds to see how well these can do in the heat, otherwise I will be planting much more this fall when temps cool down.
Alicia from WI

Best Ever Spinach

5 out of 5 stars Jun 19, 2021
I've never had good luck with spinach until trying Matador Spinach. I'm in Central Texas, planted in March and have had spinach until June. It has been getting into the 90's the last 2 weeks and the plants are now starting to bolt. My spinach beds are mostly in the shade with dapple sun for about 6 hours a day. I will be planting more in September for fall crops. This is the easiest to grow and the best tasting Spinach EVER!!
Ronda from TX

Matador spinach

5 out of 5 stars Nov 5, 2021
Wow!! This is great tasting and a great producer! We love this spinach. Have some growing in the garden right now. We will continue to plant this one. This is a winner!
Keri from CO


5 out of 5 stars Apr 24, 2022
It's tricky growing spinach in the AZ desert at 4500 feet, but Matador comes through every time. When other varieties are struggling, Matador is still sending out large succulent leaves. Whether I seed it in September or December it grows unprotected all winter. We harvested it this year until mid-April, when we had to clear the bed for other crops. A different variety next to it had already given up and bolted, but the Matador was still going strong after 4 productive months.
KB from AZ

Enjoyed all winter

5 out of 5 stars Jun 16, 2022
Had almost 100% germination last fall. Will plant again this year.
Chris from TX

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