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How do you grow New Zealand Spinach?
Posted by Dobies Staff on 07 August 2014 01:13 PM

New Zealand Spinach seeds can be sown in the greenhouse during March and April for harvesting from July. Sowings can be made outdoors into a well prepared soil during May for harvesting from August to October. Prior to sowing soak the seeds in water for 24 hours. New Zealand Spinach will tolerate hot, dry conditions where spinach would normally run to seed.


In the greenhouse sow the seed at a temperature of 10°C (50°F) in trays or small pots. Germination will take 5-10 days. Planting outdoors can take place in late May or early June once the danger of frost has passed. Choose a sunny position and space the plants 60cm (24") apart in rows 30cm (12") apart.


A week before planting or sowing the seed outdoors apply a vegetable fertilizer. The seeds can be sown outdoors during May and early June. Place three seeds in holes 2cm (¾") deep, spaced 60cm (24") apart. After approximately a fortnight thin out the weakest seedlings leaving the strongest plant to develop.


Keep the plants well watered and regularly apply a liquid feed. Pick the young leaves and shoot tips as required. Harvest at least once a week to ensure a constant supply of young leaves and shoot tips.

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