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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

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 ?
26 Aug 13, ryan (Australia - arid climate)
Hi I have heaps of the triangular seeds ? Or are they the fruit. I am in Perth and have never seen the spinach before . If it is the fruit can you please tell me what is best method of extracting the seed from the fruit
22 Nov 13, glen (Australia - temperate climate)
Just let the seed go black, soak it overnight and sow
17 Nov 12, Dana (Australia - arid climate)
Hi, I bought warrigal spinach seed from Green Harvest, Maleny, Qld., and they took over a raised bed. Due to the high Oxalic acid, I am wondering can this be fed to sheep as a supplement to their diet of grass.
07 Nov 12, Darren (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have a patch in the backyard and want to transfer some to the front what is the most successful way either seed or cuttings do I need to soak seeds first if so for how long do Ineed to pot cuttings first before transfering
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