Spinach: New Zealand - Seeds & Bulbs
Discovered by Sir Joseph Banks off the coast of New Zealand during the 1770 voyage of Captain James Cook, this spinach has been enjoyed by gardeners since the 18th century. This spinach is perfect for summer. It loves heat, and produces abundantly all season. The small, young leaves can be eaten raw or steamed, and it will grow in any climate except the deep south where it will need a little afternoon shade. Insects avoid this plant.
Days to Maturity: 45
When to Sow Outside: Around the date of the average last frost or later. Soak seeds in warm water for 3-4 hours before planting, or soak in cold water overnight.
When to Sow Inside: 3-4 weeks before average last frost.
Seed Depth: 1/2"
Seed Spacing: 6" to 12"
Row Spacing: 3' to 4'
Days to Emerge: 5 - 10
Thinning: When 1" tall thin to 18" apart.