Love it or hate it, you can’t deny that spinach is one of the healthiest veggies out there. Packed with vitamins and minerals, it make a great addition to nearly any diet. If that’s not enough, it’s also super easy to grow indoors and is one the few veggies that can be grown in low light. Read on to lean how to start growing spinach indoors!
Choosing The Container
When selecting a container to begin growing spinach indoors you’ll want to select one that is more wide than deep. For depth, 6-8 inches will usually do.
Due to the nature of how spinach grows, picking a wide pot is essential. This makes it a perfect candidate for planter boxes as they will provide ample room to grow. If that’s not an option, then using multiple pots is also acceptable. Whatever you use to plant it, make sure it is well draining or is lined with an inch or so of rocks to prevent water stagnation.
If starting from seeds you’ll want to sow them roughly 1/2 inch deep directly into the pot or seeding tray. Leave around 3 inches between each seed. Once planted, they generally take 1-2 weeks to germinate depending on your growing conditions.
If starting in a seeding tray wait until 3-4 leaves appear on each plant before transplanting them to their permanent home.
Spinach is one of the few veggies that can be grown in partial shade, making it ideal for lots of gardeners. During the summer months placing it near a bright window, but partially back, will be enough to ensure it get’s proper sunlight.
However, during the cool fall/winter months you may need to move it to a location that gets more direct sunlight. This is due to the lessened intensity of light during this time period in some climates. While spinach can grow in shade, it still does need a decent dose of light per day.
Watering & Feeding
Take good care to avoid water stagnation as it can lead to diseases and the dreaded root rot. Check the soil every few days to see if the soil is still moist. If not, give it a decent amount of water to lightly soak the soil. Don’t drench it!
Spinach doesn’t usually require fertilizer. However, if you’re growing indoors you may want to every few months as the soil will start to lose nutrients. Use a nitrogen rich fertilizer to help replenish the soil and promote healthy growth. You can also repot the plant with new soil once a year to help recycle the soil.
You should begin to harvest your spinach plant once there are several leaves of 4-5 inches each. Simply pick off the larger, outer leaves while leaving the smaller ones so it will continue to grow.
During the summer, you may notice that the plant begins to form an erect stem and starts to flower. Once this happens the plants foliage will change in flavor and become more bitter. It’s a good idea to harvest before this happens for best flavor.
Growing Spinach Indoors
Spinach is an excellent addition to any garden, and makes a healthy snack to boot. Add onto that the ease of growing and there’s no reason not to be growing this delightful veggie! Comment down below if you’ve started to grow your own spinach!