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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

Leaves - raw or cooked. A spinach substitute[1], the shoot tips are harvested when about 8cm long, this encourages plenty of side growth with lots more shoots to harvest[2]. A delicious substitute for spinach, the very young leaves and shoots can also be eaten raw in salads[3][2]. The young leaves are best, older leaves developing an acrid taste.

Leaves

Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Tetragonia tetragonoides.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Tetragonia tetragonoides.

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow early to mid spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out after the last expected frost[4].

Seed can also be sown in situ in late spring, though this will not generally make such good plants[33, K].

The seed can be slow to germinate, soaking in warm water for 24 hours prior to sowing may help[4][5].

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Cultivation

Easily grown in the garden[3], it prefers a light soil in a sunny position[6][7] and thrives in dry soils[4]. It grows best in a good rich soil[8]. Once established, the plants tolerate drought[5]. Plants are very tolerant of hot, dry conditions but cannot tolerate frost[5]. Although very drought tolerant, the plants produce a better quality crop if they are given some water in dry weather[2]. New Zealand spinach is occasionally cultivated in gardens for its edible leaves, it is an excellent spinach substitute for hot dry weather conditions[1]. A perennial plant in its native habitat, but it is usually killed by the cold in British winters and so is grown as an annual[2]. In the Tropics it is occasionally cultivated in the cool season as a spinach[2].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Tetragonia tetragonoides. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Tetragonia tetragonoides.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Tetragonia tetragonoides
Genus
Tetragonia
Family
Aizoaceae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
9
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
no shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Salinity
  • Drought
  • Strong wind
  • Maritime exposure
Ecosystems
Native Climate Zones
None listed.
Adapted Climate Zones
None listed.
Native Geographical Range
None listed.
Native Environment
None listed.
Ecosystem Niche
None listed.
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Life
Deciduous or Evergreen
Herbaceous or Woody
?
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
Mature Size
Fertility
?
Pollinators
?
Flower Colour
?
Flower Type











References

  1. ? 1.01.11.2 Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (1990-00-00)
  2. ? 2.02.12.22.32.42.5 Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Vegetables Macmillan Reference Books, London. ISBN 0 333 62640 0 (1995-00-00)
  3. ? 3.03.13.2 Low. T. Wild Food Plants of Australia. Angus and Robertson. ISBN 0-207-14383-8 (1989-00-00)
  4. ? 4.04.14.2 Organ. J. Rare Vegetables for Garden and Table. Faber (1960-00-00)
  5. ? 5.05.15.25.3 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
  6. ? Simons. New Vegetable Growers Handbook. Penguin ISBN 0-14-046-050-0 (1977-00-00)
  7. ? Thompson. B. The Gardener's Assistant. Blackie and Son. (1878-00-00)
  8. ? F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
  9. ? Allan. H. H. Flora of New Zealand. Government Printer, Wellington. (1961-00-00)