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Spinach 'Olympia'

Spinacia oleracea

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'Olympia' is a Spinach variety in the Spinacia genus with a scientific name of Spinacia oleracea. Olympia is generally thought of as a hybrid variety.

Probably the best and most productive dark green plain leaf spinach for year-round sowing and harvests. Within its class, Olympia is slower to bolt and displays better eating quality than others. An excellent choice for cooking and year-round fresh spinach salads. Typically upright, it grows to 10 inches. Resistant to race 1, 2, and 3 of downy mildew.1

Olympia grows as an Annual and is a Vegetable. Being an Annual, it tends to grow best over the course of a single year. Olympia is known for growing to a height of approximately 60.0 cm (1.95 feet).

Olympia 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 Olympia have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Olympia

  • Full Sun

  • Low

Prefer rich soil and to be kept moist.

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Keep in mind when planting that Olympia is thought of as half hardy, so remember to protect this plant from frosts and low temperatures. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 6 - 9 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Ideally plant in loamy soil and try to keep the ph of your soil between the range of 6.0 and 7.0 as Olympia likes to be in weakly acidic soil to neutral soil.

Growing Olympia from seed

Where winters are mild, direct sow as early as 2 1/2 months before average last frost date.

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 Olympia about 60 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Olympia

Not recommended for sowing indoors.

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 Olympia is a half hardy plant.

Harvesting Olympia