Growing New Zealand Spinach

Organic Vegetable Gardening
Fact Sheet

Botanical name: Tetragonia tetragonoides


New Zealand Spinach

Planting time: SP,SU,FA
Seeds per ounce: 350
Ounces per square foot: 0.01
Minimum legal germination rate: 40%
Germination type:

Long Germination

New Zealand Spinach (NZS) is a warm season Perennial. It's often used as an excellent alternative to regular Spinach, because it does so well in hot, dry conditions. It is vine-like and produces abundant fleshy, brittle green leaves and young stem tips. This NZS resembles regular Spinach in flavor and use. It can be grown until frost, and in subtropical areas, all year long.

They can have problems germinating so treating them as extra-long germinating seeds will help.

Plant after all danger of frost has passed.

Although NZS is drought tolerant, it should be watered consistently for best flavor. Leaves should be harvested regularly to encourage new growth. The leaves and tips can be used raw or cooked.

NZS is high in vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin C content, and low in fat and fiber.

Caution: NZS has high oxalate content, which can be dangerous at high concentrations. It's recommended that the leaves are blanched for 3 minutes, the water disposed of, and then the greens refreshed in iced water before eating. However, many people still use it raw in salads.


In garden spacing (inches): 12
In flat spacing (inches): 2
Planting depth (inches): 1/2
Maximum number of plants per square foot: 1.5
Nutrient relationship:: Heavy Feeder


Days to maturity: 70
Harvesting period (days): 294
Minimum yields in pounds /square foot: 1.5


Diseases: Disease resistance.
Insect pests:(Insect Pest Finder) Insect pest resistance


Generic species, Maori


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