The culture of spinach, we imagine it instead in the kitchen garden. However, not all of us are fortunate enough to own a garden. If this is your case, here’s a piece of news that should delight you: spinach can also be grown in pots! You can place them on the terrace, on a balcony, or simply on a window sill. Discover all our tips for increasing your spinach in pots.
1. Find the right pot
Before you start your cultivation, you need the right tools. Your pot should be 20-25cm deep. If it doesn’t need to be very deep, it is better if it is wide, which will allow you to grow several spinach plants in the same tank.
Your seedlings should be 5cm apart if your spinach leaves are small, otherwise space 10-15cm for larger leaves.
Seedlings are done directly in pots; push them 2 cm deep and water. Emergence begins 5 to 15 days after sowing.
2. The substrate and nutrients
To grow the best spinach possible in a pot, you will need a quality substrate. It must imperatively be rich in organic matter and fresh. You can choose a good potting soil and add some well-rotted compost to it.
This vegetable plant greatly appreciates healthy- drained soils, neutral and clay soils. For drainage, consider putting clay balls in the bottom of the pot. You can also mix sand with your potting soil.
Spinach is afraid of too much humidity, so watering must be taken care of. The earth should also be light, as it may suffocate them if it is too compact.
3. Watering: a meaningful gesture
While spinach fears water stagnation, it is nonetheless very greedy for water. In pots, they do not have the possibility of seeking freshness at the bottom of the soil, so it will be necessary to carry out regular watering, especially when it is hot and dry.
In summer, plan to water daily and preferably in the evening. In winter, gradually reduce the watering until you reach a weekly watering while checking the cup. Stagnant water promotes the development of fungal diseases and can rot your crops.
4. The exhibition
Partial shade exposure is ideal, as spinach does not like the full sun, scorching it. A fully shaded area may also suit them. However, the vulnerability also depends on the sowing period.
Pot seedlings made between August and November can be placed in a sunny location, as the days are shorter and the sun becomes less intense. Between February and mid-May, choose a semi-shaded place. In warmer regions, the pots will be placed in an area without direct sunlight.
5. Temperature and mulching
We are used to seeing mulches in the garden, but they can also be used in pots. Place a thick layer of organic mulch at the base of your plants. This will help keep the soil cool.
The ideal temperature for the cultivation of spinach must be between 10 and 27 ° C.