Seeds - Spinach, New Zealand


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Description: Leafy greens are easy to grow and highly-nutritious! New Zealand Spinach is an heirloom, regional variety first introduced to the West by Captain Cook in the 1770's. While in fact not a true spinach, the leaves are used fresh just as you would regular spinach, and are very high in vitamin C. Plants are vigorous and branch freely... thriving during the heat of summer, something that classic spinach does not!  Pick regularly to maintain many lots of tender shoots.

Pack Size: 50 seeds

Latin Name: Tetragonia expansa
Main Uses: Culinary, leafy green

Zone Hardiness: Annual
Exposure: Full sun
Flowering Time: Mid to late summer

Germination Instructions: Whether germinating indoors or out, New Zealand Spinach seeds perform better when soaked in water for 24 hours prior to planting. 
Requires warm conditions to germinate quickly. Ideal soil temperature is 18ºC - 22ºC. Germination is typically 14 - 21 days, but may take longer. 
Sowing: Start indoors 8 weeks ahead of regional planting out date (on average June 1 - 7 in southern MB). Press seeds firmly into soil, to a depth of approximately 1/4". Fertilize with a kelp-based supplement such as Sea Magic™ from first watering, to speed up germination and root development.
Transplant: New Zealand Spinach does best when direct seeded to its final destination - whether pots, raised beds or the garden.

Harvesting: Harvest leaves at any point through the growing season.

Growing in Containers: Ideal for containers 8 inches and up.

Fertilizing (Containers): Add 25% quality compost to potting mix; fertilize weekly with a higher nitrogen organic plant food such as a fish-based fertilizer.

Watering (Containers): Water deeply when top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Check every day or two during very hot weather.

Growing in Mixed Planters: Can be grown in large mixed veggie planters.

Fertilizing (Garden): Plant in a garden bed amended with compost. No additional fertilizer is required.

Watering (Garden): Water deeply to establish. Water mature plants weekly during hot weather.

Special Requirements for Cold Climate Gardeners: Harvest often for continual production/harvest of prime leaves.

Suitability for Indoors: Can be grown indoors under lights.

Exposure: Brightest available.

What about Grow Lights? T5 or 26 - 54w CFL full spectrum lights are ideal

Special Instructions: This is a tropical variety that will benefit from increased humidity during the arid winter months indoors.

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