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PlantFiles: Spinach
Spinacia oleracea 'Bloomsdale'

Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Spinacia (spin-AH-see-ah) (Info)
Species: oleracea (awl-lur-RAY-see-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Bloomsdale
Additional cultivar information: (aka Bloomsdale Long Standing)

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3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
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Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive CurtisJones On Nov 25, 2008, CurtisJones from Longmont, CO wrote:

From your friends at Botanical Interests: This heirloom spinach is an old favorite among gardeners. It has very dark green glossy savoy-type curled leaves. Bloomsdale also has excellent flavor, is bolt resistant, and is easy to grow. Spinach is a nutritional powerhouse that is delicious fresh or steamed! In the 1930's, the spinach industry credited the cartoon character Popeye for a 33% increase in national spinach consumption. Today, we don't need a cartoon character to sell us on its benefits! A low calorie nutritional powerhouse, spinach is loaded with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Folate, Iron, Calcium, antioxidants, fiber, and many other nutrients. We love to eat it steamed with nutmeg or raw in salads, but you can also eat it sauteed with pastas, omelettes, and in dozens of other dishes. Its uses in the kitchen are nearly limitless!

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 2, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Introduced around 1908. Quick-growing with fine quality, tender leaves of excellent flavor.

Positive pajaritomt On Oct 17, 2006, pajaritomt from Los Alamos, NM (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have grown Bloomsdale off an don for years and find it very "meaty" and tasty. I harvest it at all stages and like it very much. It is important to grow it in cool weather. In hot weather it bolts.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Menifee, California
Longmont, Colorado
Stafford Springs, Connecticut
Augusta, Georgia
Bark River, Michigan
Marshall, Missouri
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Cranberry Twp, Pennsylvania
Georgetown, Texas
Charlottesville, Virginia
Gloucester, Virginia
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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