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BRAZILIAN SPINACH GROWING INFORMATION
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BOTANICAL NAME: Alternanthera sissoo
Poor Man's Spinach , Samba Lettuce, Sissoo Spinach
Brazilian spinach is a low growing perennial leaf vegetable, which forms a neat mound to 30 cm high, rather than spreading
in a mat. This growth habit makes it a handy plant for edging paths, especially in partial shade as it is quite
shade-tolerant. The leaves are mid green, round and crinkled. The flowers are insignificant, small and white. It is suitable
for subtropical and tropical areas only; it is unlikely to do well further south than Sydney .It will tolerate most soils
although it prefers a moderate to rich loam, it dislikes waterlogging. Plant in full sun to medium shade.
It is a good tasting, wet-season, green leafy vegetable, without the slimy or mucilaginous texture that people often dislike
with aibika or Ceylon spinach. Use it steamed or stir-fried rather than in salads.
Recommended Planting Time:
Grows easily from cuttings. Propagate during the wet season or
spring in cooler areas.
Cuttings 15 - 20 cm long can be planted three to four to a hole. Strip the
leaves off the bottom half of the stems and bury to half their length and keep moist. When established the cuttings shoot
from the roots and quickly form dense clumps. In moist climates this technique can be used to create an edible ground
Space 60 cm apart, mulch well.
Not to NORFOLK ISLAND, NT, SA, TAS or WA
SORRY but due to quarantine restrictions between Australian States no plants at all can be ordered
by residents of Norfolk Island
. These restrictions are very important as they prevent
the spread of plant pests and diseases. No potatoes, garlic, shallots, strawberries or tubestock
can be sent to South Australia
. No tubestock can be sent to
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