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Spinach, New Zealand

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Heat-resistant, best for summer use.

Full Description

Produces small, fleshy green leaves till frost. Yields long harvests as a perennial in mild climates.
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Product properties

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

70 days

Leaf Texture The typical height of this product at maturity.

Smooth

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun, Part Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

4 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

10-12 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow/Indoor Sow

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Quick and easy growing as both a spring crop and a fall crop. Deliciously tangy, fresh or cooked.
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How to Sow

  • Sow in early spring for the first crop, again in late summer for a fall crop.
  • Sow in average, well-worked soil in a sunny location.
  • In rows 1 ½-2 feet apart, sow seeds evenly and cover with ½ inch of fine soil. Firm lightly and water gently.
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days depending on soil and weather conditions.
  • Thin gradually to stand 6 inches apart starting when seedlings are about 1-2 inches high. Do not thin baby leaf spinach.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. Avoid disturbing the soil around the plants when weeding as spinach is shallow rooted.
  • Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote rapid, uninterrupted growth. Plants need about 1-1 ½ inches of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.

Harvest and Preserving Tips

  • Harvest the outer leaves when 3 inches long.
  • Snip baby leaf as needed when the leaves reach about 2 inches.
  • When the warm weather arrives and seed stalks start to develop, harvest the entire plant immediately.
  • Leaves can be sautéed or steamed as well as eaten raw.
  • Wash, dry and store in a perforated plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Days To Maturity
70 days
Leaf Texture
Smooth
Sun
Full Sun, Part Sun
Spread
4 inches
Height
10-12 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
Thin
4 inches
Life Cycle
Annual
Spinach, New Zealand is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GROWING GREAT. We've had a few meals off these spinaches I planted. I just cut the tops and they keep on growing.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too prolific! Beware, if allowed to seed (produce small yellow flowers) will be difficult to eradicator.... invasive and will take over your garden even in the heat. Just harvest early. I wasn't fond of the succulent taste, but my neighbors liked them!
Date published: 2015-11-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from bitter spinich Direct sow into a raised bed. Grew like crazy,very prolific, but I didn't like the flavor. I like only raw spinich and this was too bitter for me. The chickens loved it!! Never tried it cooked!
Date published: 2012-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you like Spinach, you MUST try this! Not really a spinach, but tastes as good or better. Grows in hot weather...does not bolt. Picking it stimulates new growth. Prolific and hardy...a perennial in warmer climes. Loaded with Vitamin C. Eat it fresh in salads, or steamed, especially good sauteed in olive oil with garlic (served on pasta with grated parmesan).
Date published: 2009-05-10
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