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New Zealand Spinach Seeds

Tetragonia tetragonoides

5.00 (2 reviews)
  • HOW TO GROW
  • FAST FACTS
  • REVIEWS

HOW TO GROW

Sowing: This spinach look-alike, actually not a true spinach plant, tolerates heat well but not frost; it should be planted after the last frost of spring. Soak the seeds overnight, then plant them 1/4" deep and 10" apart or in hills of three.

Growing: Keep weeds under control until the plant is well established; water if the weather gets dry. Since this plant has a vining habit, it will grow well on a trellis but will also spread out as a ground cover if no support is available.

Harvesting: Begin harvesting the spinach leaves as soon as they grow big enough for eating. If only individual leaves are being harvested, take the larger ones on the outside of the plant. Otherwise, harvest the entire plant by cutting it off at ground level; new leaves will grow. New Zealand spinach leaves will keep for several days in the refrigerator.

Seed Saving: The seed pods are mature as soon as they turn brown. When handling the plant, gloves may be useful, as the pods can be prickly. Since this plant easily reseeds itself, prompt action is required as soon as the pods mature. Strip the pods from the stalk by running your hands up and down its length. Remove the dried leaves and other debris from the pods. The prickly pod can be removed or it can be planted just as it is. Store the seed in a cool, dry place for up to three years.

FAST FACTS

Latin Name: Tetragonia tetragonoides

Type: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Cool Season

USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Seeds per Ounce: 400

Planting Method: Direct Sow

Height: 12 Inches

5.00
Global Rating: 5.00 from 2 reviews
New Zealand Spinach Seeds 5.0

Review By Luke Akers

Grows great, tastes great

I planted these late but they popped up and there has been no stopping their growth. They are wonderful! I followed the instructions and soaked the seeds and they grew, however my father planted some without soaking them and they still grew just as well. This variety of spinach is very durable and is still producing going into fall. It's produced so well I actually have had to blanch and store a lot of it because I can't eat what is growing off just four plants fast enough. It's awesome, I love it, I would recommend it to everyone, and I can't wait to grow it again next year.

Side note: it is a very dense leaf and rich with a dark green color.

New Zealand Spinach Seeds 5.0

Review By Rita Gatti

New Zealand spinach

I am sad to see that these seeds are not available this year. Hopefully that just means...yet. I had a great harvest of our favorite spinach last summer here in southern Indiana where the heat is way too much for regular spinach...having lived in California where this grows everywhere wild especially near the ocean where the soil is sandy, we are addicted to the rich flavor and crunchy leaves and stems. I really blew it by not letting mine go to seed before winter...but just kept harvesting it for eating. Normally it reseeds itself very prolifically in warmer climates, but it can not do that here where we have snowy winters.

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New Zealand is not a true spinach, but can be used in just the same way, and is more resistant than regular spinach to bolting during the summer months! Long after true spinach has faded, you will still be harvesting this variety which thrives in hot weather! Plants are large and hardy, and leaves are small and fleshy. High in vitamin content! 70 days to maturity. This plant has average water needs. Water regularly, but do not over water. May be somewhat invasive.
The first record of this spinach-like plant is found in the records of Captain Cook's first voyage around the world in 1770. Sir Joseph Banks, one of Cook's men, discovered it growing and brought it with him back to England; he later presented it to the Kew Gardens as a new variety of spinach. Cook's sailors made use of this plant in following voyages to provide nutrition and prevent scurvy.

HOW TO GROW

Sowing: This spinach look-alike, actually not a true spinach plant, tolerates heat well but not frost; it should be planted after the last frost of spring. Soak the seeds overnight, then plant them 1/4" deep and 10" apart or in hills of three.

Growing: Keep weeds under control until the plant is well established; water if the weather gets dry. Since this plant has a vining habit, it will grow well on a trellis but will also spread out as a ground cover if no support is available.

Harvesting: Begin harvesting the spinach leaves as soon as they grow big enough for eating. If only individual leaves are being harvested, take the larger ones on the outside of the plant. Otherwise, harvest the entire plant by cutting it off at ground level; new leaves will grow. New Zealand spinach leaves will keep for several days in the refrigerator.

Seed Saving: The seed pods are mature as soon as they turn brown. When handling the plant, gloves may be useful, as the pods can be prickly. Since this plant easily reseeds itself, prompt action is required as soon as the pods mature. Strip the pods from the stalk by running your hands up and down its length. Remove the dried leaves and other debris from the pods. The prickly pod can be removed or it can be planted just as it is. Store the seed in a cool, dry place for up to three years.

FAST FACTS

Latin Name: Tetragonia tetragonoides

Type: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Cool Season

USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Seeds per Ounce: 400

Planting Method: Direct Sow

Height: 12 Inches

Reviews

5.00
Global Rating: 5.00 from 2 reviews
New Zealand Spinach Seeds 5.0

Review By Luke Akers

Grows great, tastes great

I planted these late but they popped up and there has been no stopping their growth. They are wonderful! I followed the instructions and soaked the seeds and they grew, however my father planted some without soaking them and they still grew just as well. This variety of spinach is very durable and is still producing going into fall. It's produced so well I actually have had to blanch and store a lot of it because I can't eat what is growing off just four plants fast enough. It's awesome, I love it, I would recommend it to everyone, and I can't wait to grow it again next year.

Side note: it is a very dense leaf and rich with a dark green color.

New Zealand Spinach Seeds 5.0

Review By Rita Gatti

New Zealand spinach

I am sad to see that these seeds are not available this year. Hopefully that just means...yet. I had a great harvest of our favorite spinach last summer here in southern Indiana where the heat is way too much for regular spinach...having lived in California where this grows everywhere wild especially near the ocean where the soil is sandy, we are addicted to the rich flavor and crunchy leaves and stems. I really blew it by not letting mine go to seed before winter...but just kept harvesting it for eating. Normally it reseeds itself very prolifically in warmer climates, but it can not do that here where we have snowy winters.

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