DESCRIPTION: This rare plant, also known as Mercury or Lincolnshire Spinach, has long-stalked, arrowshaped leaves very mild in flavor and nutritious. It is perennial at least to zone 6, emerging very early in spring. Needs cold temps for germination-barely cover seed, and keep moist. p>
BOTANICAL NAME: Chenopodium esculentus
DAYS TO MATURITY: 80
SEEDS PER PACKET: 75
SOURCE CODE: C
GERMINATION DAYS: 7-14
WHEN TO PLANT: fall or early spring
PLANTING DEPTH: 1/8"
GROWING INSTRUCTIONS: Start in pots in fall or very early spring-needs a period of moist cold (stratification) before sprouting when weather warms. Outdoors is best, as fluctuating temperatures help germination. Or try this: Pre-soak seed overnight, then chill 2 days in fridge. Sow ˝" deep 2-4" apart in flats or direct. Transplant 1' apart (or thin if direct-sown) in good soil with protection from hot sun. Perennial zones 5-9. Tolerates shade-doesn't like hot weather.
GROW BIOINTENSIVEŽ CULTURAL INFORMATION: Perennial/C, W/Spacing 12-18"
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION :Perennial, Tolerates winter cold