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New Zealand Spinach Seeds

New Zealand Spinach Seeds

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~4.0 g (~65 seeds)
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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 due to its heat-loving nature. Also known as perpetual spinach because it is perennial in USDA zones 8 and warmer 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.

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Variety Info

Days to Maturity: 50–60 days

Family: Aizoaceae

Native: New Zealand, Australia, Asia

Hardiness: Evergreen perennial in USDA zones 8–11, otherwise grown as a warm season annual.

Exposure: Full sun

Plant Dimensions: 12"–24" tall, 12"–36" wide

Variety Info: Fleshy, green 1"–2" leaves that taste like spinach

Attributes: Drought Tolerant, Good for Containers, Heat Tolerant, Frost Sensitive

Sowing Info

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 65°F, ideally 70°–80°F.

When to Start Inside: 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date.

Days to Emerge: 10–20 days

Seed Depth: ½"

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 8"

Row Spacing: 24"

Thinning: Thin to 1 every 8"

Growing Info

Harvesting: Harvest leaves as needed, only taking up to 1/3 of the plant for fast regrowth. Pinch growing tips to encourage branching, leading to more leaf production.