Excellent heat tolerant spinach alternative.
Also known as New Zealand Spinach, Tetragonia is a large, spreading, 1–2′-tall plant. The 1–2", pointed, bright green leaves have a spinach-like flavor, raw or cooked. Can be bunched or the young leaves can be individually harvested so that the plants keep growing. PKT: Avg. 100 seeds. Avg. 6,600 seeds/lb. Packet: 100 seeds.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Tetragonia tetragonoides
ALTERNATE NAME: New Zealand Spinach
CULTURE: To hasten the seeds’ slow germination, soak in water for a day prior to sowing. Soaking is not necessary, but it is recommended. Tetragonia is frost sensitive, so delay sowing until after the last spring frost. Sow seeds directly, 8" apart, covering 1/2". The plant will tolerate hot weather.
DISEASES AND PESTS: Prevent disease with crop rotation and sanitation.
HARVEST: About a month after sowing, after the onset of branching, harvest by pinching off the leaf tips. This encourages more branching, and the plants will continue to grow and produce harvestable foliage.
SEED SPECS: SEEDS/LB..: 5,600 seeds.
PACKET: 100 seeds, sows 75′.