How to grow New Zealand spinach

New Zealand spinach growing herbaceous of the genus Tetragonia and also known as Tetragonia tetragonioides, New Zealand spinach perennial evergreen in cold climate grow as annual plant also used as ornamental plant, can grow in tropic, subtropical, mediterranean or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone: 6+ (as perennial) 2+ (as annual).

New Zealand spinach leaves

Leaves edible fleshy in deltoid shape the color green leaves,

Flower color yellow, the size 1-2 mm that grows on the branch

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Requirements for New Zealand spinach growing and care:

Moist, nitrogen, mulch, sandy soil

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction

Is it necessary to use vegetative reproduction?
No, but easy to do

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Aggressive, invasive

Planting season:
Spring, summer, autumn

Pests and diseases:
Slugs (rarely)

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
Recommend to restrict the root in close area

Size of the plant?
20-50 cm (8-20 inches), but mostly grow as ground cover and can go wide as long as you’ll let it

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:

General information about the flower
Small yellow flowers that grow on the branch

Thinning the bloom:
Recommend to thinning the blossom

Pollination is done by:
Bees, flies

Edible leaves

Leaves harvesting season:
All year, in cold climate spring – summer

How to harvest the leaves?
Recommend to use the young leaves, can be cut with the branches

Information about leaves:
Fleshy deltoid shape, green leaves

Uses of New Zealand spinach leaves:
Cooked, stir fry

Scientific name:

Tetragonia tetragonioides

Blooming Seasons

Edible Parts

Culinary Uses

Flower Colors


Harvest season

Ornamental parts

Plant growing speed

Plant life-form

Plant uses

Planting season

Plants sun exposure

Watering plants

Hardiness zone