Approaching Hablitzia

Today’s blog is a guest post by Mortal Tree our Permaculture Consultant about his success growing Caucasian Spinach or Hablitzia in our “unlawn” and “unlandscaped” yard. Slowly turning our lawn into productive garden beds has been a passion of ours since we became homeowners.

Mortal Tree also has written two books titled PASSIVE Gardening and Mastering The Growing Edge two wonderful little books to set you on the right path for self sufficient gardening.

Mortal Tree

Scanning page after page on late night searches for interesting plants, there is one that has always topped my list of most lusted after leaf.

Hablitzia tamnoides, or Caucasion mountain spinach, is the sole member of the genus Hablitzia, closely related to Amaranth. It is a perennial vine, growing 6-10 ft (or so), hardy to zone 4 by most accounts, boasting the title of ‘the’ perennial spinach, with harvest beginning in very early spring. Tantalizing, isn’t it?

The plant is also said to be triploid, which is supposed to result in poor germination. Diploid strains seem to have surfaced in the gene pool after increasing interest in the plant. Years ago the seed was only available per the kindness of a handful of growers -sometimes at a dollar a seed as I recall -aside from any shipping.

I have traded, bought, begged hablitzia seed from several sources, for several years…

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