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. Also known as perpetual spinach, New Zealand is not true spinach, but a great way to have spinach flavor all summer; many even prefer the flavor to true 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!

This packet sows five 9-foot rows.

Days to Emerge:
10-20 days

Seed Depth:
1/4”-1/2”

Seed Spacing:
A group of
4 seeds
every 18"

Row Spacing:
3'-4'

Thinning:
When 1” tall
thin to 1
every 18"


When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after average last frost and when soil tempertures are at least 65ºF.

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.

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