- Seed Storage Tips:
Viroflay (aka: Monstruex De Viroflay) is a large, smooth, crisp, deep-green thick leaf spinach that is versatile in the garden through cold and into some heat growing best between 45º-75º F. It will need between 6-10 hours of full sun. It reaches harvest stage within 50 days. It does well in the South.
It's an old French variety that dates back to at least the mid-nineteenth century and seems to have been introduced into the American seed trade around 1866. Over the years, this has been a gardener's go-to for fall planting and become a staple in the garden because of its big delicious leaves. It is fantastic added to lettuce mixes — even for people who don't seem to like spinach enjoy it in this manner. You can also simply steam it and add a touch of lemon for a tasty and healthy side to any meal.
According to the USDA, 'Viroflay' spinach has also been marketed over the years by various seed suppliers using the following synonyms:
'Monstrueux de Viroflay,' 'Early Thick Leaved', 'Flanders Broad Leaved', 'Improved Monstrous Viroflay', 'Improved Thick Leaved', 'Improved Thick Leaved Viroflay', 'Large Leaved Viroflay', 'Thick Leaf', 'Large Round Thick Leaf Viroflay', 'Large Round Leaved Viroflay', 'Monstrous', 'Monstrous Viroflay', 'Round Viroflay', and 'Tempo'.
• Viroflay French Heirloom Spinach | Spinacia oleracea
• 6-10 hours of Sun
• Sprouts in 7-14 Days
• Ideal Temperature: 45-75 Degrees F
• Soil Planting: Seed Depth: 1/2", Plant Spacing: 6-8"
• Hydroponic / Aeroponic Planting: Lower level of vertical Tower Garden or FarmStand, 1 seed per rock-wool / 1 plant per port. Keep water temp around 65º-70ºF ideal for growth and nutrient uptake. Will tolerate colder water
• Frost Hardy: Yes
• Quantity of Seed approximately 150
Q: What does "Hydroponic Seeds" or "Hydroponically Adapted" in the product description mean?
very seed has a lifespan and will vary by cultivar, but with some basic good practices you can significanly prolong the life of your seed and protect your investment with a few best practices:
The goal of whatever "container" you choose is to idealy limit moisture and UV light exposure which can reduce germination rates over time. Use a clean and dry glass jar (we like to use an amber colored wide-mouth Mason Jar) with a lid that closes tightly that is large enough to hold several seed packets. Using a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol, wipe down inside of glass jar and allow to completey dry. This step will help to kill any bacteria or fungi residue that could be present on the surface of your jar (especially if your jar has been sitting in storage for awhile).
If you have a food preservation system like a vacuum sealer system or a canister that can seal with a vacuum like this, these work well also — just keep in mind that if you have to access your seed supply, you will have to cut the package open and reseal to put back into storage.