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Latin Name: Chenopodium giganteum
Type: Hardy annual
Soil Type: Rich soil
Where should I plant this variety? Full sun/shade
How tall does it grow? Aprox 2m
How much space does it need? Aprox 1m
When does it flower? Seed heads late in the season
Top care tips: Be mindful of the plant self seeding, it is an "enthusiastic self seeder" (that is horticultural code for "bit of a thug"
Tree Spinach - Chenopodium giganteum. We always say that we think the Latin name for this plant sounds like the ring name for a wrestler!
Tree Spinach looks stunning with shocking, electric and outrageous colour in the middle of each new growth. We think that it is the jewel within any kitchen garden. You will not struggle to locate this plant within your garden as it grows to six feet tall within the growing season. Seriously. You can practically see it grow if you look long enough.
This plant needs a lot of space around it. It’s perfect for planting in a raised bed or very large container. Imagine a large pot in your mind as you read this. And now go two sizes larger. There you go. That’s about right! It will enjoy being planted in sunny conditions although ours grew really well in the shade a few years back and did really well. The magenta colouring was just less pronounced and the growth rate a bit slower.
It is fantastic in the kitchen, young leaves can be eaten raw as a salad leaf but more mature leaves will require cooking. The leaves become tough and leathery at a certain point and the flavour becomes much, much stronger. We eat with our eyes and the Tree Spinach leaves look amazing in a salad bowl.
It is so cool! You need to grow it.
Delivery options explained.
All herbs dispatched with Royal Mail first class delivery. This starts from £4.95 and ensures that your herbs reach you promptly and in good health.
If your plant is available on our surplus list it will be available as an option for immediate dispatch. We dispatch fresh herbs by first class Royal Mail delivery to ensure that they are not in the postal system for long. We will aim to dispatch orders at the beginning of the week following your order, on Monday or Tuesday of the week to ensure no delays over the weekend.
Herb plants are dispatched from April – August each year, but you can order the plants in advance all year round to ensure that you receive the unusual varieties that you desire. Plants will be dispatched on a ‘first come first served’ basis as soon as they are ready. Some varieties will be available a little later in the year from May onwards, and we will aim to dispatch all herbs in one shipment once all the varieties are ready. We will update you on the estimated date of your delivery as soon as we know.
If you have a preferred month for delivery i.e. you are having a new garden installed or building work conducted, please contact us and we will make a note on your order to try our best to accommodate that request.