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Tree Spinach

Chenopodium giganteum

Also known as

Giant Lambsquarters, Magenta Spreen, Goosefoot

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H4

RHS hardiness

-10°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

3m

Max

50cm

1m

Min

30cm

1 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Tree Spinach Overview

Chenopodium giganteum is a quick growing annual that grows into a tall bushy plant. Its young leaves are stunningly flushed red to fuchsia pink before maturing to a deeper green.

Common problems with Tree Spinach

Generally pest and disease free

    How to harvest Tree Spinach

    Pick young leaves as and when required. Seed will only be worth collecting if growing in warm conditions.

    How to propagate Tree Spinach

    Seed

    In Spring, sow directly where you would like to grow.

    Special features of Tree Spinach

    Attractive leaves

    Attractive flowers

    In late summer, small insignificant spikes of green (occasionally red) flowers are produced.

    Other uses of Tree Spinach

    Culinary

    Young leaves can be picked and added to salads.

    Edible to Sow Under Cover in May

    Successional sow small batches on a sunny windowsill or in a heated propagator, ready to plant out later in the month.

    A photo of Cabbage

    Cabbage

    Brassica oleracea (Capitata Group) 'Cabbages'

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