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Growing NZ Spinach, also Warrigal greens

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(Best months for growing NZ Spinach in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays P = Sow seed

  • Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 64°F and 95°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 18 - 24 inches apart
  • Harvest in 8-10 weeks. Pick the tips.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Does better if alone.
  • NZ Spinach
    NZ Spinach

NZ spinach has green, triangulated leaves and a spreading habit.

This is a coastal plant which natively grows on dune edges. It survives salt-spray in coastal gardens.

It can withstand hot, dry summer weather when real spinach tends to die off. Will self-sow and become widespread.

Soak seeds for one or two hours before sowing as the outer skin is hard.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating NZ Spinach

Can be used as a substitute for real spinach in cooking. Pick the growing tips at about 8-10cm (4-6 in).

To remove oxalates it's a good idea to blanch the leaves for 3 minutes or so, then rinse the leaves in cold water before using them in salads or for cooking.(ABC TV)

Your comments and tips

10 Nov 17, Evelyn Corbett (USA - Zone 10b climate)
Where can I get seeds of Warrigal Spinach?I live in Evant Texas, will it grow here in hot dry climate?
13 Nov 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
You need to try and see if you can buy it from seed selling companies in the USA - it probably will grow - can handle hot and dryish conditions.
02 Nov 17, boneface moyo (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Where can I get warigal spinach in south African shops
03 Nov 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Google the seed selling companies in South Africa.
23 Jan 17, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
where can I buy these or plant in perth w.a
07 Feb 17, Florina (Australia - temperate climate)
Bunnings in Balcatta sells these.
26 Jan 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
I suggest you contact a local gardening group or permaculture group. It is generally easy to get, strikes easily and grows easily. In Perth it would probably prefer morning sun and shade for the rest of the day or just a generally semi-shaded position
13 Dec 16, Lisa Williams (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I soaked my seeds in water with a little liquid aloe vera fertiliser and got 100% germination too.
04 Jun 15, Lucas (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I had a lot of trouble germinating my first batch of seeds, got 4 out of about 30. Second try, I used gibberellic acid: soaked a paper towel with 1000 ppm solution, placed into a zip-lock sandwich bag with the seeds. Close to 100% germination after about 4 days. Definitely recommended if you're having trouble getting these guys started, and don't object to using natural, albeit chemical, intervention.
02 Dec 13, Peter Couttie (Australia - temperate climate)
can you grow N.Z.spinach, tetragonia tetragonoides, from cuttings ?
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I suggest you contact a local gardening group or permaculture group. It is generally easy to get, strikes easily and grows easily. In Perth it would probably prefer morning sun and shade for the rest of the day or just a generally semi-shaded position

- John

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