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Spinach Seeds - New Zealand

Botanical - Tetragonia tetragonioides


Seed Count:
30 Seeds
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30 Seeds.

Other Names - Spinach Substitute…

If the spinach you have grown in the past has constantly bolted because of dry soils or hot weather before you were able to harvest a decent crop try growing the variety New Zealand spinach. This variety is an excellent spinach substitute as it will not bolt in hot weather and will happily tolerate dry soils making this variety much easier and less demanding compared to true spinach. New Zealand spinach is not actually a spinach however the leaf is very similar in flavour and can be cooked in a similar way. It is a very prolific variety and has a spreading habit. Once established one sowing should supply the kitchen with juicy dark green spinach like leaves until the first frosts arrive.

  • Will not bolt in hot weather like true spinach varieties.
  • Easy, fast and very prolific and suitable for growing in containers.
  • One sowing should supply juicy green leaves up until the first frosts arrive.

Suitable For - Vegetable plot, raised beds, container garden, limited space

Sowing Months - March - May

Harvest - July - November

Gardening is about finding the right balance! Try growing Companion Plants close by to help deter pests.

  • Amaranth is great for attracting the ground beetle. This predatory beetle eats slugs, snails, slug and snail eggs, caterpillars and weed seed.

Soil Preperation

Add some well rotted manure or compost to the area a few months before. Remove weeds from the area and add some general purpose organic fertilizer 1 - 2 weeks before sowing or planting.

General InformationSowing & Planting Information
Habit Annual Module Grown & Transplants
Type Heritage variety Distance between plants 60 cm
Position Full sun Distance between rows 50 cm
Average height 50 cm Direct Sowing
Average spread 70 cm Sowing distance between plants 30 cm
Hardiness Half hardy Distance between rows 40 cm
Overwintering No Sowing depth 1 cm
Soil Ph 6.5 - 7.0 Germination temperature 8 to 20℃
    Days to germination 14 - 21 days

Sowing Guide

Early Sowing/Module Sowing

Sow 1 - 2 seeds per 4 cm module. Once germination starts move to an area with good daylight exposure, a windowsill or greenhouse is ideal. 2 - 4 weeks after germination (depending on speed of growth) plant out. Harden off over 7 - 10 days before planting out especially early sowings. Plant out at the distance suggested above. Firm the soil around each plants and water well.

Direct Sowing

Do not sow too early, New Zealand spinach is a tender plant and will not tolerate frost. Sow 3 seeds per station, 30 cm apart at the depth and row distance suggested above. Cover the seedlings with soil and water well. If the weather turns cold cover with horticultural fleece.
When the seedlings are big enough to handle, thin to one strong seedling per station. One single sowing, if picked little and often will last throughout the summer months up until the first frost.

Growing On

Water well (deep watering) every 7 - 10 days in dry weather, more often if growing in containers. Weed often to remove competing plants. New Zealand spinach is a trailing plant, trim if it starts to encroach on neighbouring beds. The plant will continue to grow until the first autumn frosts arrive.


Start to pick the leaves when they are a reasonable size. The shoot tips can also be eaten. The removal of these tips will encourage the plant to become more bushy by sprouting side shoots. Leaves can be eaten cooked or raw however some people may find that eating raw New Zealand spinach leaves can cause some irritation. If in doubt cook before eating.


To extend the harvest cover the plants with a cloche before the first autumn frosts arrive.

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