New Zealand (Perennial Spinach)
Latin Name: Tetragonia tetragonoides
Item #: 289
NEW ZEALAND SPINACH (Perennial)
1 oz/28 gr sow about 50 ft/15 m of row @ 2 seeds per in/25 mm
CULTURE: Quite different from other strains or varieties and is not a true spinach. Its “claim to fame” is its ability to provide tasty spinach leaves and salad greens during hot weather - when regular strains of spinach bolt to seed, during the long days of mid summer months. Seed germinates slowly! Soak the large pointed seeds for 24 hours before seeding. Make sowings during the early spring (Apr. 15th - June 30th) or summer months. 3/4 in/19 mm deep, cover lightly and firm. Space rows 3 ft/91 cm apart as plants spread out quite rapidly, about 4 ft/122 cm in diameter. Use only the tender new leaves at the tips of the branches. Do not harvest the whole plant. Leaves may be harvested during the hottest and throughout the summer and fall as required. Use black plastic mulch to limit weeds and conserve moisture if you wish, it will not inhibit growth. A light straw mulch (like you would for strawberries) will protect plants during winter months. Harvest again in early April. A heavy frost will kill this species if it is not protected. Use as a fresh green for salads or cooking. Leaves are a bit too small to make freezing practical.