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Growing NZ Spinach, also Warrigal greens

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
              S S T T T

(Best months for growing NZ Spinach in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings

  • 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

05 Mar 18, Maria (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Can we buy it here in Johannesburg South Africa
13 Feb 18, kitty carr (Australia - arid climate)
where in Australia and new Zealand , can the warrigal greens seeds be purchased, and how much does a pack cost ?
14 Feb 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Try seed selling companies on the internet. In Aus try Boondie Seeds, Seed Collection company, New Life Seeds. They generally cost $1 for a few seed + $1 postage.
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
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