Monstrueux de Viroflay Spinach Seeds

Heirloom

#0223
This packet sows up to 190 feet.
Availability: In Stock
Huge, deep green, tender leaves are a spinach lover's delight! Give it a bit more room in your plot; the plant can get up to 24" wide, and with 10" long, tender leaves, spinach production is a snap! Also known as simply, 'Viroflay', this mid-1800s' variety is extremely vigorous and particularly good for fall sowings. Use the thinned seedlings fresh in salads.
$1.89 $1.13 5 grams

Botanical Name: Spinacia oleracea

Days to Maturity: 28–50 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: Up to 18" tall and 24" in diameter

Variety Information: Leaves up to 10" long and 8" wide are smooth, thick, dark green, and tender however big they get. 'Monstrueux de Viroflay' translates to "monstrous of Viroflay" for the incredibly large leaves that are up to 10" long and 8" wide, dark green, thick, and tender. This variety is a very old heirloom from Viroflay, France. It is in the parent line of many modern day hybrids, and has been listed in the USA since 1866.

Attributes: Good for Containers

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 every 12"–18"

Row Spacing: 24"

Thinning: When 4" tall thin to 1 every 12"–18"

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 ôarrowheadö shape, adding small keel shapes to the base of the leaf.

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If you've ever been dissatisfied growing spinach by seed, try Viroflay! Huge leaves and milder flavor will change your mind.
Kim Carlisle

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