Spinach trees are one of the most popular garden plants in India. They grow well in all seasons and provide many benefits to your home or office garden. These include:
• They make a beautiful addition to any room. You will love their bright colors!
• They add color and interest to the landscape. If you have a large area, they may even become overgrown with other types of vegetation such as herbs and flowers, but they still look good!
• They are easy to care for and require little attention. They do not need much water or fertilizer, so they will thrive in your garden.
• Their leaves are edible and very nutritious. You can use them as a salad topping or add them to soups, stews, casseroles etc…
• Many people enjoy eating spinach leaves raw as a vegetable dish (as opposed to steamed). They taste similar to lettuce leaves.
• They are also known to ward off colds and flu. The leaves contain Vitamin C which helps fight these illnesses.
• Spinach is considered to be a good source of fiber, potassium, calcium, magnesium and manganese.
Spinach Trees For Sale And Where Can I Buy Them?
Spinach trees are available from various sources including nursery stores, online retailers like Amazon , and farmers markets.
The best way to find a reputable seller is to ask your family and friends. If you don’t have any luck there, then try the various online or traditional retailers. You will also find them at big events such as fairs or festivals in your local area.
It is preferable to buy your trees from a nursery or seller that has a good reputation for quality plants rather than picking up a few “stray seeds” while you are out and about.
When you find a seller that seems to have good quality plants, ask if they have any tree spinach for sale. Even if they don’t have any at the time, it’s good to establish a relationship with someone that may have them in the future.
If you buy your trees online, be sure to read the various reviews and make sure that the company has a good reputation for shipping quality plants.
Online retailers often have a larger variety than local nurseries or garden stores.
How Much Do They Cost?
Prices for these trees vary. You may get them for as cheap as $1 each or more than $20 each! If they are rare varieties, you will naturally have to pay more for them than common types like the one shown in the photo above.
The best way to save money on your order is to buy in bulk. Many online garden retailers offer deals when you buy more than one tree. You may also get free shipping as well.
Spinach trees can be expensive if you only need a few, but if you are buying in bulk it will ultimately work out to be cheaper than buying individual plants from local nurseries or garden centers.
How To Care For Your Spinach Trees
Spinach trees need plenty of sunlight so it is best to plant them outside in your yard or garden.
Don’t plant them in the shade as they won’t grow very well or at all if the light is insufficient.
If you don’t have an area in your garden or yard that gets a lot of sun, you can always start them inside in pots and then transplant them later on once they are big enough.
You should keep the soil well watered at all times, but don’t over water them. If the soil is kept constantly soggy, they won’t grow well. Add some mulch over the soil to help keep the moisture in. Compost can also be added to the soil to provide nutrients.
So, there you have it…everything you need to know about growing your own spinach trees at home! Just remember to keep them in a sunny spot and keep the soil watered and they should thrive.
One last tip, you can easily over-winter spinach trees just by keeping them in a container and moving them indoors somewhere with bright light. You may need to water them more often if the atmospheric humidity is low.
Now that you’ve grown your own spinach trees, you can pick as much leafy green goodness as you want whenever you want!
What You’ll Need
Growing Spinach at Home
Spinach is one of those vegetables that is really easy to grow at home. It’s also very nutritious and tastes great in a variety of recipes. If you have enough space, it’s definitely worth growing a patch yourself.
With a growing guide, you’ll be able to grow as much as you want and you don’t have to worry about potentially eating something that has chemicals or drugs in it!
What You’ll Need
The first thing you’ll need before you grow your spinach is a patch to plant it in. If you already have a garden, then just grab a hoe or spade and get to work on preparing the soil.
If you don’t have a garden yet, you’ll want to plan out where you want to create yours. It’s a good idea to have it in a fairly open area that gets a lot of sunlight as spinach prefers those conditions.
You’ll also need to pick up some seeds or young plants and get them planted. You can find these at your local garden center or nursery.
If you want to grow more than just spinach, it’s a good idea to prepare the soil before you get your seeds or plants so that everything is ready to go when you acquire them.
How To Prepare The Soil For Your Spinach Patch
You’ll need to dig up the soil where you want to grow your spinach. It’s always a good idea to check with your local government office to see what is native to your area. It may be the case that a particular vegetable isn’t well suited to your soil type or the amount of rainfall you get every year.
You can easily avoid this problem by digging up a small patch of soil and seeing what it looks like. You’re mainly looking for three things: rocks, weeds and roots.
If you see a lot of rocks in the soil, it’s best to pick out as many as you can by hand before attempting to plant anything in that patch of ground. The same goes for big roots and weeds.
You can crush the smaller ones with a hammer or work them to the surface and remove them when you’re cleaning up the area.
Planting Your Spinach
If you’ve managed to build up a area with no weeds, rocks or other unwanted items, it’s time to plant your spinach seeds or young plants. If you’re planting seeds, you’ll want to dig small holes in the ground first and then sprinkle a few in each one.
Cover them with soil and gently pat it down. Keep repeating this until you have all your seeds planted.
If you’re planting young plants, then just gently dig a little hole for each plant, make sure its root ball is completely covered and gently pat down the soil around it.
Either way, the next step is to water your spinach, get rid of any other weeds or grasses that are growing in the patch and leave it to grow. You may need to gently pull out any other plants that try to grow in your patch and keep the area around it free from any debris.
Harvesting Your Spinach
Spinach doesn’t take too long to grow and you should be able to harvest your crop in around 3 months. You’ll know that its ready when the leaves are big and wide and the stems are hard.
To harvest, just pull the leaves off near the base and make sure to leave some behind to keep the plant growing.
If you’ve grown more than one type of vegetable, it’s a good idea to keep them separate in your harvest. This will make it easier to know what is what for the next planting season.
If you’re growing your spinach mainly for the stems or leaves then you’ll want to harvest them at different times. The stems should be cut off when they are still young and firm. Just grab the stem near the base and pull upwards. The leaves will still keep growing even when the stem has been removed.
The leaves should be harvested when they are at their full size and maturity. Just gently pull them away from the plant so as not to damage the plant.
Storing Your Spinach
Spinach doesn’t store for long so you’ll need to preserve it just after you’ve harvested it. There are several methods for doing this: canning, freezing, dehydration or pickling.
Which one you choose will depend on how much you want to process and the time you have available.
Freezing is probably the easiest way to preserve your spinach for when you need it during the year. The only equipment you need is some zip lock freezer bags, a sharpie or a pen and then your frozen vegetables bag.
Clean and wash the spinach, remove any bad leaves or stems. Cut off any particularly long roots.
Seal the cleaned and cut up spinach in zip lock freezer bags laying them as flat as possible. Pop the bags into the freezer where they won’t be confused with anyone else’s food!
When you need some later, just take out as many bags as you need and let them thaw out. They will taste just like they were freshly picked!
You can also blanch your greens before freezing them. This helps to lock in the taste and color a little better than just freezing them raw. To blanch, just follow steps 1-4 from the “storing lettuce” section.
Dehydration is another popular way of preserving foods. It was once used to preserve foods for journeys as it allows food to be taken without spoilage for long periods of time. It has the advantage that it takes up less space than canned or frozen food and you can rehydrate by just soaking the produce in water.
Dehydrated spinach will take a little longer to prepare than frozen but isn’t too bad.
Wash and cut out any rotten parts of the leaves. Then cut into even sized strips.
Arrange the strips on your drying tray so that the air can flow through them. You’ll need to turn the strips over once or twice during the drying process.
Once the strips are fairly dry and brittle, put them in a glass jar out of direct sunlight until you need them. Just add a few strips at a time to some water to rehydrate before use.
Canning is a more complex way of preserving food but has the advantage that the food can be stored without any additional preparation like freezing or dehydrating.
Wash and drain the leaves. Remove any bad leaves or stems. Cut or break the leaves into similar sized pieces so that they all cook evenly.
Boil the spinach in lightly salted water for about a minute. This helps to set the color and stop the leaves from floating up when boiling.
While the leaves are still hot, funnel them into your clean jars.
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Flavonoid and cyanogenic contents of chaya (spinach tree) by RF González-Laredo, MEF De La Hoya… – Plant Foods for Human …, 2003 – Springer
Proximate composition and mineral content of two edible species of Cnidoscolus (tree spinach) by JO Kuti, HO Kuti – Plant Foods for Human Nutrition, 1999 – Springer