DESCRIPTION: (1869) Perennial in zones 7 and above, or colder if drainage is excellent. Perpetual spinach is incredibly long lasting, and at minimum will be producing in your garden for 9 months before going to seed. Rare, fine old European strain of Swiss Chard. Belongs to the same species as chard and beets, but the taste is more like a true spinach than ordinary chard. The leaves are more like spinach also - smaller smooth dark-green leaves that are flatter and more pointey with small mid-ribs.
Frost resistant and is a green that is available when everything else has bolted. Very longstanding in the garden, yielding from late spring through autumn if planted early. Needs water in a dry spell. We saw whole fields under cultivation in England.
Keeping picking the leaves! A great thing about perpetual spinach is that it is a cut and come again vegetable. The more you pick, the more the roots produce. Pick them young and tender for salads all year round. During the warmer months, perpetual spinach grows incredibly fast. I've sown in late spring before, and harvested 5 weeks later.
Perpetual spinach is great in the kitchen too. A big handful of leaves makes a great pizza topping. Add to curries, pies, pasta, tarts and quiches. A good last minute ingredient, either steamed in the pan or blanched briefly first. Even makes a fine spanakopita (spinach pie)! Don't toss the stems either - they can be eaten too and go well in curries.
Perpetual spinach is a great container vegetable and shade tolerant, making it perfect for small spaces, patios and balconies.
GB CULTURAL INFO: ALL/Matures 7-8/Harvest 44/Yield 200-810/Spacing 8"/
DAYS TO MAT: 50-60 days
SEEDS PER PACKET: 80
SOURCE CODE: C
APPROX GERM DAYS: 10-14
PLANTING DEPTH: 1/2"
WHEN TO PLANT: Early Spring, Summer, Fall in mild-winter areas
PACKET LABEL INSTRUCTIONS: Perennial in zones 7 and above. May be started in flats or pots, but chard is taprooted, so transplant promptly or direct-sow. Easy to grow and drought-tolerant vegetable will produce best when well-prepared soil and good drainage allow its roots to go deep. Prefers a sunny place and is slow to bolt. Can be planted from Spring onwards. Two months after planting or when plants are 12-18" tall, begin gently pulling off the outer leaves and new leaves will form or cut plant 2" from soil and new will re-grow. Adequate moisture and fertility will make for more tender leaves.
BOTANICAL NAME: Beta vulgaris var. cicla