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Spinach Seeds, New Zealand

Tetragonia tetragonoides
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Though not related to true spinach, the leaves of New Zealand taste similar and some think better than spinach. Tolerant to heat and resistant to bolting, it does not typically turn bitter in hot weather. Flavor is better if plants have some shade from the sun. Soaking seeds in warm water overnight before planting can help improve germination. This cool-weather vegetable is easy to grow in rich, well-drained soil. Requires plenty of moisture.

  • SKU: 142278
Growing Information Chevron Down Chevron Forward
Grow best in
Best In:
Full sun|Partial sun
Days to germination
Days to
7 to 21 days
Water needs
Average 2.5-5 cm (1-2") per week
Days to maturity
Days to
40 to 70 days
Best container size
Container Size:
Key Features Chevron Down Chevron Forward
  • Plant Type: Vegetable
  • Botanical Name: Tetragonia tetragonoides
  • Fill Weight (grams): 3
  • Approximate Seed Count: 25-30
  • Planting Method: Sow Direct
  • Plant Lifecycle: Annual
  • Seed Type: Heirloom
  • Water Needs: Average 2.5-5 cm (1-2") per week
  • Flavor: Tangy when eaten raw, mellow when cooked
  • Disease Resistance: Bolt resistant
  • Tolerance: Heat tolerant
  • Companion Planting: Plant near beans, cilantro (coriander), eggplant, oregano, peas, rosemary, strawberries. Peas and beans offer a natural form of protection for spinach, creating shade. Cilantro, oregano, and rosemary are believed to have insect-repelling properties.
  • Preparation Ideas: Use fresh in salads.
Instructions Chevron Down Chevron Forward
Plant directly in the garden as soon as ground can be worked and danger of frost has passed. Repeat plantings every two weeks to extend the harvest season of fresh spinach. Best growth occurs in spring and fall, and be sure to do a second sowing in late summer for a fall crop.
  • Planting Depth: 1.3 cm (1/2")
  • Seed Spacing: 2.5 cm (1")
  • Plant Spacing: 25 cm (10")
  • Row Spacing: 40 cm (16")

Suggestions Chevron Down Chevron Forward
  • Harvest entire plants at the soil line when outer leaves are 6 inches long. Or, just cut away outer leaves as needed for a continuous crop until hot weather. Sow again in the late summer.

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