Greens New Zealand Spinach

First introduced in the 1700s by Captain Cook after he reached the New Zealand coastline, this easy to grow, leafy plant is not a true spinach, but when briefly cooked, its rich green, triangular leaves have a sweet, mild spinach-like flavor. It loves the heat and doesn’t mind the humidity, is virtually unaffected by pests or disease and makes a great spinach substitute to enjoy all summer. Highly nutritious and excellent sautéed, stirfried, quickly steamed, or in soups or stews.

Product Weight: 4.75 grams / Approximately 60-65 seeds

Plant Type: Vegetable

Flavor: mild

Days to Harvest: 55-60 days

Days to Seed Germination: 7-10 days

Seed Planting Depth: 1.5 cm (.5")

Seed Spacing: 10 cm (4")

Row Spacing: 25-30 cm (10-12")

Plant Spacing: 25-30 cm (10-12")

Planting Instructions: When spring weather is warm and settled and night temperatures are regularly above 50° F (10° C), plant in well-drained fertile soil in full sun. While not required, soaking seed in room temperature water for 1 day before sowing will hasten germination. Sow seeds 3-4 inches apart and 1/2 inch deep in rows 12 inches apart.

When young plants are established and start branching, begin harvesting by pinching off the leaf tips or cut individual stems, leaving plants several inches long to branch and regrow. Water and fertilize lightly after cutting.

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