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Tree Spinach Chenopodium giganteum 'Magenta Spreen'

One of the most asked about plants in our garden, this has intense, almost glittery, brilliant pink baby leaves which look dazzling in a mixed leaf salad.
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200 seeds

Delivery:

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sow Under Cover
Direct Sow/ Plant Out
Flowers/ Harvest

Details:

Type
Edible Crop
Position
Kitchen Garden
Soil
Broad Tolerance
Height
1.8m (6ft)
Common name
Tree spinach
Moisture
Well-drained
Aspect
Full Sun, Part Shade
Spread
60cm (24in)
Cultivation
Sow directly into well-prepared soil in mid-spring and thin out resulting seedlings or start off under cover in early spring and plant out from April onwards.

Description

One of the most asked about plants in our garden, this has intense, almost glittery, brilliant pink baby leaves which look dazzling in a mixed leaf salad. We also pick them for edible posies with nasturtiums and borage. Chenopodium self-seeds prolifically so keep harvesting the plants before they flower, or whip them out to feed to hens or put on the compost before they run to seed.

Care Tips

This plant will set seed in the garden so you will have it for many years – some would say too much so!