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Spinach - New Zealand (seeds)
  • Spinach - New Zealand (seeds)

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    New Zealand spinach (Tetragonia tetragonioides) is a leafy vegetable that thrives in warm climates. Here’s how you can grow and enjoy this nutritious green:


    Planting and Growing

    New Zealand spinach is a perennial grown as a warm-weather annual. It’s not related to true spinach but can be used similarly. Plant it in the warm part of the year when regular spinach won’t grow. The leaves are thicker and succulent, earning it the alternate name “ice plant.” Sow seeds directly in the garden after the average last frost date in spring or later. You can also start seeds indoors 2 to 3 weeks before the last frost for later transplanting. New Zealand spinach is drought-tolerant, but the leaves won’t be as tender. It takes about 55 to 65 days to reach harvest.


    Where to Plant

    Choose a full sun location. The soil should be moisture-retentive, well-drained, and rich in organic matter. Prepare planting beds with well-aged compost. In intense summer heat, provide partial afternoon shade. Set the plants in hills similar to squash to allow the weak stems to sprawl.


    Companion Plants

    New Zealand spinach grows well with other vegetables. Consider companion planting with cilantro, dill, or rosemary.


    Harvesting and Storage

    Harvest the triangular to oval-shaped leaves when they’re young and tender. Store New Zealand spinach in the refrigerator for freshness.


    Enjoy this versatile leafy green in salads, stir-fries, or as a cooked side dish!

    • Seeds Per Pack

      Single pack: approx 25

      Large pack: approx 75

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