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SURINAM SPINACH GROWING INFORMATION
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BOTANICAL NAME: Talinum triangulare
Waterleaf, Surinam Purslane, Philippine spinach, Florida spinach
Talinaceae, formerly in the family Portulacaceae
South America, now widespread in the tropics
A short-lived perennial, to 30 - 100 cm high, forming an attractive, clumping plant. The small pink flowers are pretty
enough for it to be grown in the flower border. The bright green leaves are broad and fleshy in texture. It self-sows
very readily, care should be taken to avoid it becoming invasive. As it is native to the tropics it is less hardy in the
subtropics. It is unlikely to do well in temperate areas without a special microclimate as it is tender to both frost and
cold conditions. It prefers a moderate to rich loam and to be kept moist. Plant in partial shade.
The crunchy, tangy, nutritious leaves are high in protein and rich in Vitamins A and C as well as iron and calcium. The
leaves can be eaten raw in salads or lightly cooked as a green vegetable in stir-fries. It is high in oxalic acid, so
consumption should be avoided or limited by those suffering from kidney disorders, gout and rheumatoid arthritis. New
research suggests it protects the liver and reduces cholesterol.
Recommended Planting Time:
It is very easy to propagate from seeds or cuttings. Propagate
during the wet season or spring in cooler areas.
Cuttings 25 cm long can be rooted easily in a glass of water or just pushed
into the soil during the wet season. Strip the leaves off the bottom half of the stems and bury to half their length and
Space 60 cm apart.
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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
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