New Zealand Spinach, organic seeds

Eco Heirloom variety

Information

One portion yields about 10 seedlings and you need ab. 50g for sowing 100 m directly. A portion contains about 25 seeds.


 

Product number:6990
Scientific name:Tetragonia expansa
Botanic family:The Carpetweed Family - Aizoaceae
Organic:Yes
Lifespan:Annual
F1 Hybrid:No
New variety:No
Sowing time:Pre-cultivate: March–April/Direct sow: May–June
Sowing depth:2 cm
Germination time:10–25 days
Plant spacing:40–50 cm
Row spacing:70–80 cm
Height:30–40 cm
Plant location:Sun–Half shade
Harvest/blooming:June–October
Seeds/g:20 seeds
Heirloom variety:Yes

Cultivation advice

Sowing

Sow fresh seeds indoors or in a hotbed, approx. 2-3 cm deep, in March-April and set out the plants once the danger of frost is over. They can also be sown directly outdoors in May and June in southern Sweden, so probably even earlier in the rest of Europe.
The large, spiky seeds have a hard shell and grow slowly, so soak them in lukewarm water for 1-2 days before sowing. You can also drag the seeds over a sandpaper a few times and even beat them lightly with a hammer to make it easier for the water and the germ to get through.

Spacing

Distance between plants is 40-50 cm, and between rows 70-80 cm.

Harvest

Harvest the leaves and shoot-tops when needed, until late autumn. The are eaten like spinach.

Seed

1 g contains about 20 large, spiny seeds. One portion provides approximately 10 plants. When sown directly outdoors 50 g is enough for about a 100 metres stretch.