(Best months for growing NZ Spinach in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)
S = Plant undercover in seed trays. T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings.
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.
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)
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