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Beta vulgaris cicla group

Perpetual spinach

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Perpetual spinach or spinach beet produces larger, fleshier leaves than ordinary spinach for months on end. Although the leaves are coarser, it is hardier and more tolerant of high temperatures than spinach. The best sowing time is from mid to late spring outdoors, but it can be sown in late summer. It usually crops well from summer, through the autumn and winter. From a late summer sowing, it may crop through the winter and spring into summer.

Family: Chenopodiaceae

Genus: Beta

Species: vulgaris cicla group

Plant type: Vegetable

Foliage colour: Dark green

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Dry

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 30cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: April to May

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