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  1. Spinach Leaves Are Yellowing
  2. Small Spores Growing on My Spinach Stems
  3. How do I plant spinach seeds?
  4. How to succeed growing cool-season spinach in hot weather
  5. Can You Eat Spinach with Curl Leaf Virus
  6. Will Hail Cause Holes in Spinach Leaves
  7. Dying Spinach
Asked by Anonymous on May 24, 2011
Spinach Leaves Are Yellowing

I am a ‘first timer’ and I have planted spinach, broccoli, carrots, and some other veggies. The ‘others’ are doing well, but my spinach leaves (now approx. 8 inches wide) seem to be yellowing on the tips of the leaves, and some appear to be dying. My broccoli leaves are getting white spots, and my carrot leaves are turning a light brown on the tips. What’s going wrong?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It sounds like a watering issue. These are signs of either over or under watering. How often and how much are you watering? Rather than water once a day for 5 minutes, you are better off watering 2-3 times a week for 15-20 minutes. This gets the water deeper and helps the plants develop deeper roots. Watering for short periods of time keeps the water near the surface, where it evaporates faster and it may be the plants are not getting enough water because of this.

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Asked by Anonymous on May 30, 2011
Small Spores Growing on My Spinach Stems

I am growing spinach and I have noticed these small, odd looking spores growing on the stem of the plant. What are they? Will the hurt my plant?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
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Asked by firstgarden2011 on September 28, 2011
How Do I Plant Spinach Seeds?

How do I plant spinach seeds?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

General rule of thumb when planting seeds is to plant them about 3X deeper than they are big.

Beyond this with spinach seeds, they tend to be a bit tough, so rubbing them a bit with sand paper (just enough to scratch them) and then soaking them overnight in water will help speed up their germination.

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Asked by TomatoHead on May 16, 2012
How to Succeed Growing Cool-Season Spinach in Hot Weather

Tigercat variety is for cool, coastal weather here in N. Calif. I want to grow it in hot mountainous climate. What precautions will help me succeed?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It will still be difficult, but them best thing you can do is to provide protection from the sun and keep the roots cool.

For protection from the sun, take a look at row covers or plant in dappled shade.

For the roots, heavy mulching and drip irrigation with cool water is the best route. Good luck!

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Asked by Anonymous on March 19, 2014
Can You Eat Spinach With Curl Leaf Virus

Can you eat spinach with curl leaf virus? Will it hurt humans if eaten?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

This virus only causes harm to plants and is not a threat to humans. So, you can simply wash off the spinach and eat as normal. For more information on curly top virus, this article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/tomato/treating-curly-top-virus.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on April 14, 2014
Will Hail Cause Holes in Spinach Leaves

Will hail cause holes in spinach leaves? Thanks.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It certainly has the potential to, along with any other plant in its path. This article can help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/hail-crop-damage.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on May 23, 2014
Dying Spinach

The leaves of my spinach plants are drying up and dying. The plants are in pots. I looked closely and saw fine blackish dust things on the leaves. They are dried up leaves and on one leaf, I saw a small larva inside the leaf. Is this a disease? I don’t know what it is. Should I keep them separate from other plants? They were transplants and ever since the hot weather set in, they got that way.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

"The black dust you describe sounds like sooty mold, which is a fungus brought about by pests. Neem oil will help with both the fungal issue and insect pest which may be causing it. This organic insecticide/fungicide is safe to use on edibles too. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/how-to-get-rid-of-sooty-mold.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/problems/pests/neem-oil-uses.htm"

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