How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Spinach – Spinacia oleracea
Family Amaranthaceae (Amaranth family)

Plant Description

Spinach is grown for the edible leaves and grows well in cool climates. Warm temperatures encourage bolting and the production of seeds instead of foliage growth. There are three main types of spinach: savoy (curly leaf), semi-savoy, and flat leaf. Varieties within each type of spinach may have disease resistance or tolerate warmer or cooler climates.

Cultural Tips

Cultural practices such as proper site selection, soil preparation, planting, and watering are important for plant health, pest management and pest reduction when growing spinach.

For more information about growing vegetables, visit the UC ANR California Garden Web website.

Spinach plants, Spinacia oleracea, growing in soil.

Pests and disorders of Spinach



Environmental disorders



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