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Okinawa Spinach Plants


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Introducing Okinawa Spinach! This Asian green can be eaten in salads, blanched or lightly stir fried. It makes a gorgeous perennial border, tropical ground cover or container plant.  These plants are sold in 1.5 litre pots.  

What is Okinawa Spinach (Hong tsoi, Okinawa Lettuce)?

Okinawa Spinach is a tropical plant that originates from China, Indonesia, Thailand and Myanmar. While it isn't strictly a spinach (it belongs to the Daisy family) but it is used in a very similar way.  This plant is a dense, low-growing (perennial) leafy green that grows to about 70 cm high. Although the leaves are green on top, the underside is an exotic purple colour, which makes it a very attractive plant in the garden.  

Okinawa Spinach would be perfect for apartment container gardens, cottage gardens and tropical gardens in the Upper North Island.  If you are willing to sacrifice some of your edible harvest, it will reward you with vibrant bright orange flowers. 

Culinary Uses for Okinawa Spinach (Hong tsoi)

Okinawa Spinach is often used in Asian cuisine.  It has a crisp, nutty taste with the freshness you would usually expect from leafy greens.  Pick the leaves as needed and use them in the same way that you would use spinach.  Try it in salads, stir-fries, steamed, in miso soup, or even in tempura.   

Growing Conditions - Okinawa Spinach (Hong tsoi)  

Easy care Okinawa Spinach thrives in warm, wet (tropical) conditions with part shade.  It enjoys some sun but prefers not to be in full, all day sun.   It isn't fussy about soil types, as long as they are free draining.  They do need protection from frost and they don't like dry conditions, but they are otherwise a hardy, low maintenance plant. 

Plant seedlings 5 cm apart and they will spread out to fill your space. This is a good companion plant for underplanting around taller plants to suppress weeds.   

We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  


Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote:  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options:

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.


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