New Zealand Spinach
Not actually spinach,
but a good hot-weather substitute.
Salt tolerant and will even grow in sand. Has small arrow-shaped leaves, thicker than spinach, with a "crystaline" look, like iceplant, to which it is related. Very slow to germinate so give it time; does best if started before weather gets hot; will then take plenty of heat once it is growing.
Regular trimming encourages lush growth.
BOTANICAL NAME: Tetragonia expansa
GROWING INSTRUCTIONS: Plant seed 12" apart. Though it does well on hot dry soils, it needs exposure to temperatures below 55F to germinate well, so plant while weather is cool. A slow germinator - it may take 1-2 weeks to burst through it's seed coat. We've had best results by soaking seeds overnight or scratching (scarifying) the surface of the seed before planting. Plants will sprawl, so provide space or support. Harvest young tips often and more will re-grow.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION: Annual/ W, H/Matures 10/Spacing 12"
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION :Perennial