Like almost everyone else I have very uneven germination from direct sown spinach. Last week I came across a a mention of pre-sprouting spinach and then potting it up to use as transplants. Wednesday night I dug in my seed hoard and came up with three old packs of spinach. One pack from 2006, two from 2008 and one from 2011. The results have been terrific.
On Wednesday night I soaked the seeds in water and a few drops of liquid fertilizer. Thursday morning the cups were drained and the seeds were placed on a damp coffee filter soaked with the same solution. They were placed in a plastic bag and placed on top of the refrigerator.
|The coffee filter filled with seed.|
I checked them when I got home from work and this what I found.
|'Giant Nobel' spinach sprouting in 2 days.|
Most of the seedlings have begun to sprout and are ready for potting up.
Those above are the 'Giant Nobel' seeds from 2011. The 'Scarlet' from 2006, 'America' and 'Viking' from 2008 have results just as good. This method may also work with direct sowing.
Now I just have to get them all potted up!
This method is definitely worth trying if you have had germination problems direct sowing spinach.