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Spinach disease?

Sazz101Sazz101 Posts: 194
Hello! It’s my first year doing a serious grown up veg garden. I have (had) some really healthy spinach plants up until a few days ago. Outerleaves of plants are lush and large. Inner rosettes have small white spheres on the surfaces (top and bottom of leaves) and the tips of leaves have rotted. It’s effected all my plants. I live in SE England. It’s rained all week. They are under cover (fleece). Coldest night has been 5c. Can anyone help identify this problem and suggest what I can do? 

Thanks in advance.



  • Sazz101Sazz101 Posts: 194
    Just in case this happens to anyone else, here goes. 

    The tiny white spheres are a normal part of the plant. There are actually small hairs growing out of those white spots. 

    The browning of the spinach tips is due to environmental factors causing poor calcium uptake. I had fleece covering the plants and in full contact with the plants. It was wet. There was poor airflow. This interfered with the plants ability to pull up water and calcium from the soil. Remedy: improve airflow and reduce humidity if you can. 

  • SkylarksSkylarks Posts: 379
    Thanks for coming back with an update. I’m considering growing spinach so it’s handy to know 🙂
  • Sazz101Sazz101 Posts: 194
    Pleasure Skylarks :) 
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