New Zealand Spinach Seeds (6g)

Product Number: NEW_ZEALAND
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New Zealand Spinach (6g):
New Zealand is not a true spinach, but can be used in just the same way and is more resistant than regular spinach to bolting during the hot summer months! This variety actually thrives in hot weather. Plants are large and hardy, and leaves are small and fleshy. High in vitamin content. Average: 65 days.

Planting Instructions:
Select a site with full sun to light shade and well-drained soil. Sow seeds 1/2 inch to 1" deep, covering lightly with soil. Sow about 12 seeds per foot of row, or sprinkle over a wide row or bed. Soil should not be warmer than 70 F in order for germination. Successive plantings should be made every couple weeks during early spring. Common spinach cannot grow in midsummer. (For a summer harvest, try New Zealand Spinach or Malabar Spinach, two similar leafy greens.) Plant in mid-August for a fall crop, ensuring that soil temps are cool enough.

Harvesting:
Keep an eye on your plants. Harvest when leaves reach your desired size. Don't wait too long to harvest, or wait for larger leaves; bitterness will set in quickly after maturity. The whole plant can be harvested at once, and cut at the base, or leaves may be picked off plants one layer at a time, giving inner layers more time to develop.

Saving Seeds:
Wind pollinated. Spinach varieties must be isolated by 1/4 mile to prevent cross pollination by wind. Physical barriers such as tree lines, buildings or woods may make it possible to use a shorter distance. Allow plants to bolt and set seed. Some staking may be necessary as plants may reach 3' in height. When seeds are dry, harvest the entire plant and thresh on a tarp. A 1/2 " screen on top of a 1/4" and 1/8" is helpful for cleaning. Spinach seed remains viable for 3-5 years under cool and dry storage conditions.

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