New Zealand Spinach (55 Days)
This perennial spinach substitute has been grown since before the Revolution. A staple of the door-yard gardens at Sturbridge Village. Seeds are large and slow to germinate, so be patient. New Zealand Spinach is properly known as tetragone. The flavor is quite similar to real spinach.
Perennial: Zone 8-11
Germination: 14-21 days, scarfying or soaking seeds overnight aids germination
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 65-75ºF
Seed Sowing Depth: 1/2" deep
Sowing Indoors: 3-4 weeks before last frost. Provide 65-75ºF soil temperature. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot. Transplant after last frost,12-24" apart.
Sowing Outdoors: Sow after last frost when soil temperature reaches 70ºF. Sow a few seeds every 12" apart.
Harvest: Cut young leaves and tips, use like spinach. This will also encourage new growth.
Tips: Plant New Zealand Spinach in average, well drained soil. Amend with compost or well-rotted manure. For the tenderest leaves, do not let the soil dry out. Spreading habit.