BOWER SPINACH (Tetragonia implexicoma) SEEDS 'Bush Tucker Plant'

BOWER SPINACH (Tetragonia implexicoma) SEEDS 'Bush Tucker Plant'

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GROUND COVER SPREADING TO 2M.

NATURAL DISTRIBUTION DRY SANDY COASTAL SITES IN TASMANIA, VICTORIA, SOUTHERN AUSTRALIA AND NEW SOUTH WALES.

BUSH FOOD : THIS TRAILING PLANT WITH ITS SUCCULENT LEAVES AND ORANGE-RED BERRIES WAS A SIGNIFICANT SOURCE OF FOOD FOR TASMANIAN ABORIGINAL PEOPLE. THE BERRIES WHICH DARKEN TO NEAR BLACK WHEN RIPE WERE VALUED AS A RED DYE, A SWEET TASTING SNACK OR ADDITION TO A MAIN MEAL. THE LEAVES ARE ALSO HIGHLY VALUABLE AS A FOOD SOURCE AS ITS COMMON NAME SUGGESTS THEY HAVE A SIMILAR FLAVOUR AND TEXTURE TO SPINACH.

FLOWERS IN SPRING, SMALL STALKED FLOWERS WITH 4 YELLOW STRONGLY SCENTED PETALS. FULL SUN TO PART SHADE, NOT SUITABLE FOR HEAVY CLAY SOILS.

GERMINATION : BEST SOWN IN SPRING OR AUTUMN IN TEMPERATE CLIMATES, AVOID THE COLDEST AND HOTTEST MONTHS OF THE YEAR. OPTIMUM GERMINATION TEMPERATURE IS AROUND 18-22C. SOAK SEEDS OVERNIGHT IN WARM WATER. SOW SEED ON POROUS SEED RAISING MIX COVER TO THE DEPTH OF THE SEED WIDTH. GERMINATION SHOULD OCCUR IN 14-28 DAYS.