Spinach New Zealand HEIRLOOM Seeds

Spinach New Zealand HEIRLOOM Seeds

Tetragonia tetragonioides

Item #0159

50-70 days. Discovered by Sir Joseph Banks in New Zealand during the 1770 voyage of Captain James Cook, and enjoyed by 18th century gardeners, New Zealand is not true spinach, but a great way to have spinach flavor all summer. Also known as perpetual spinach, it loves the heat, and produces abundantly. Noted for high vitamin content, especially vitamin C; it was served on Captain Cook's ship to prevent scurvy. Small, young leaves can be eaten raw, or cooked. Bothered by almost no insects, even snails and slugs! Drought tolerant once established, but grows best with moderate moisture.

This packet sows five 9-foot rows.

Seedling Image

Days to Emerge:
10-20 days

Seed Depth:

Seed Spacing:
A group of
4 seeds
every 18"

Row Spacing:

When 1" tall
thin to 1
every 18"

When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after average last frost and when soil temperature is at least 65°F.

When to start inside: 2 to 4 weeks before average last frost.

Harvesting: Cut 3" - 4" leaves from the branches as you need them. Do this on a continual basis to encourage more young, tender growth. Do not eat the larger leaves, the flowers, or the seed pods.

Artist: Toni Bond


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