Strawberry Spinach (Organic Heirloom 32 Days)
This ancient plant was re-discovered growing at old monasteries and is popular in Europe. Triangular shaped, bite-sized, saw-toothed leaves, have a spinach flavor and are great in salads. Let it flower and it produces slightly sweet, minute strawberry-like fruit at every leaf axle that adds a bright, unique decoration to salads. Strawberry Spinach is a real heat lover, making it a supreme choice for greens in the middle of the summer season. An early planting from March still produces leaves here in August.
Germination: 14-21 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 60-65ºF
Seed Sowing Depth: 1/8" deep
Sowing Indoors: Direct sowing recommended
Sowing Outdoors: Early to mid-spring when the soil temperature reaches 55ºF. Sow a few seeds every 2-3" apart.
Harvest: Grows all season, clip the new green shoots as they emerge. Use raw in salads or cook like spinach. Harvest the fruit in late summer when they are dark red.
Tips: Plant Strawberry Spinach in fertile, well-drained soil. Amend with compost or well-rotted manure. Self-seeds easily.