Tetragonia eremaea 'Desert Spinach' Seeds

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Tetragonia eremaea 'Desert Spinach' - 5x Seeds

Tetragonia eremaea is a member of the genus Tetragonia and is endemic to Australia

The annual herb has a prostrate habit that typically grows to a height of 3 to 20 centimetres. It blooms between August and October producing yellow-green flowers.

Bush food: Edible leaves - All tetragons are edible as greens, although owing to their high levels of oxalic acid (just like spinach), they should be blanched and rinsed in cold water before consumption. Any dish that would use spinach can be substituted with any tetragon.

Germination: Pre-soak for 10 hours prior to planting 

Seed Starting Method

Due to the hard coating of Tetragonia eremaea 'Desert Spinach' seeds it is recomended to soak them using the below method.

Place the seed in a container and cover with boiled water and allow to soak overnight.

The swollen seed can then be sown, re-treat seeds that have not swollen yet until you're satisfied that the pre-treatment has worked.

Although most Australian Native  seed can be sown throughout the seasons across Australia it is advisable to sow in Spring or Summer in colder regions. The optimum temperate to ensure the best possible germination rate for sowing many tree species is around 18-22°C.  

Sowing Depth

See above.
The seed will lodge in the pores of your seed starting mix once misted with water.

Growing Season

Spring & Autumn
Place in a warm sunny position and keep moist to avoid drying out.

Germination Time 14-28 days at around 18-22°C.
Hardiness Hardy 
Plant Spacing  N/A
Plant Height
Planting Position Partial or full sun
Days Until Maturity  N/A
Growing tips

Soak your seeds in water overnight.

Sow seed on the surface and cover lightly to the depth of your seed. Do not bury deeply.

Water with fine mist spray to avoid disturbance of the seed.

Ensure the mix is moist but not water logged.

Germination generally occurs in 14-28 days when moved to warmer temperatures after the period of cold treatment.

Do not be too hasty to discard seeds that have not yet germinated, seeds will often lay dormant (in hibernation almost) until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination and sprouting to occur. Containers placed to one side & forgotten about will often surprise long after they were discarded.

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