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Spinach 'Matador'

Spinacia oleracea

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'Matador' is a Spinach variety in the Spinacia genus with a scientific name of Spinacia oleracea. Matador is generally thought of as a open-polliated variety.

Large, bright green variety, very productive and early, suitable for winter and spring harvesting 1

A fine overall spinach with extremely large, heavy, fairly smooth leaves. Excellent taste and texture, and is very slow to bolt. 2

Spinach
Giant Nobel, Matador Strain
Leaves the largest of all spinach varieties. A productive variety with thick, rather smooth, rounded leaves. Longstanding and one of the best for canning. We consider this to be the most outstanding smooth leaved variety. 3

This variety is an Vegetable that typically grows as an Annual, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of a single year. Matador is known for growing to a height of approximately 60.0 cm (1.95 feet).

Spain is believed to be where Matador originates from.

Matador Spinach needs a moderate amount of maintenance, so some level of previous experience comes in handy when growing this plant. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Matador have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Matador

  • Full Sun

  • Low

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Keep in mind when planting that Matador is thought of as half hardy, so remember to protect this plant from frosts and low temperatures. The USDA Hardiness Zones typically associated with Matador are Zone 6 and Zone 9. Ideally plant in loamy soil and try to keep the ph of your soil between the range of 6.5 and 7.5 as Matador likes to be in weakly acidic soil to weakly alkaline soil.

Growing Matador from seed

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 3.12 inches (8.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.49 inches (1.25 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 8°C / 46°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Matador about 60 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Matador

Ensure that temperatures are mild (minimum night temperatures should be around 0°C / 32°F) and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Matador is a half hardy plant.

Harvesting Matador

Spinach Matador Etymology

A variant of Giant Nobel, called the Matador strain. 3

Matador folklore & trivia

A Spanish heat-tolerant and mildew-resistant spinach was interbred with Giant Nobel, to produce this OP variety.
Matador is Mildew resistant, and will also germinate at slightly higher temps than most other Spinach varieties.

Misspellings of Spinach 'Matador'

Matodor

Other Names for Spinach 'Matador'

Giant Nobel Improved, Matador Strain

Footnotes

1 Seed packet
2 “Gourmet Seed” catalog www.gourmetseed.com
3 Seeds of Diversity database- http://www.seeds.ca/hpd/catalog.php?catalog=mcfa1937