Plant Care Spinach


4.5 out of 5 (4 experiences)

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About Spinach

Spinach is an annual vegetable in the Amaranth family. It can be grown at home in containers or beds and tolerates areas too shady for most other vegetables to thrive. Spinach grows best in moist, rich, well-drained soil in full sun to light shade. It is sensitive to the increasing day length and heat that comes with summer.


Spinacia oleracea

How to care for Spinach


How often to water your Spinach

Water needs for Spinach
0.5 cups
every 9

Spinach needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Portland, Oregon.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Spinach

Water 0.5 cups every

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Spinach in Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

36% Very Low

Growing Spinach in Portland right now

Light needs for plant Spinach in Portland, Oregon

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

December 5th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Portland is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in det…

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Light needs for plant Spinach in Portland, Oregon

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 32.8% ☀️

December 5th, 2021

Portland is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Portland is expected to decrease by 32.8% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 5.3 megajoules of energy per m2 pe…

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Light needs for plant Spinach in Portland, Oregon

Daylight will decrease by 1.3 hours 📉

December 4th, 2021

This month, Portland is getting an average of 8.5 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 13% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 8.5 total hours of dayli…

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Finding light for Spinach in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Spinach: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Spinach love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Portland, Oregon ⛅.

Spinach does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


How to fertilize Spinach

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Spinach: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Spinach after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

When to repot Spinach

Nutrient needs for plant Spinach in Portland, Oregon

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

December 3rd, 2021

The growing potential in Portland is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to…

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Difficulty Level

Spinach is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Spinach



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Portland, Oregon, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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