Growing and Saving the Seed of Strawberry Spinach
Also known as strawberry blite, the Latin name is Chenopodium capitatum. This annual member of the goosefoot (spinach) family produces small, arrow-shaped edible leaves and bright pink clustered seed heads or "berries."
It is native to moist mountain valleys of North America, but also popular in Europe dating to the 1600s.
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- Direct sow several weeks before last frost of spring; succession plant until midsummer.
- Sow seeds 1/4 inch deep.
- Ideal germination temperature ranges between 45- 75 F.
- Sow seeds 1 inch apart, finally thinning to 6-12 inches apart.
- Plants have average water needs.
- Mature plants typically reach about 18 inches tall.
- Harvest red berries in summer to early fall.
- Remove spent blooms to prevent seed formation and control spreading, as these plants readily self seed.
- A generally pest- and disease-free plant.
Saving sunflower seeds is very easy!
- These plants very easily self sow; one can ensure a steady supply of plants for next season simply by allowing the fruit to mature and remain on the plant, as the seeds wil drop and self sow.
- To save your own Chenopodium capitatum seeds, simply allow the berries to mature and become very soft. Spread the small seeds on a paper towel and allow to dry.
- Save seeds in a cool, dark, dry location and sealed in a zipper-lock bag or glass jar.