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Good King Henry [Chenopodium bonus-henricus]

Good King Henry [Chenopodium bonus-henricus]

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Tips to reduce water requirements

We recommend mulching the beds
Experience has shown that by covering the floor with hay or straw, evaporation can be reduced by 80%. If you keep the beds evenly moist, an optimal humid microclimate will be created under the mulch. This not only promotes the growth of plants, but also enormously reduces water consumption. On our farm we only water every 2-3 days and irrigate a 200 m2 cultivation area in the Algarve in Portugal with 500l of water. Our beds are always moist, which promotes plant growth and harvest quality.

It is also advisable to keep the beds moist at all times, even if the bed is not used for a certain period of time
The desiccation of the soil leads to a huge decline in micro-and macro-organisms in the soil, resulting in a barren soil over time. Tests have shown that the water content in the entire bed with full-scale irrigation remains longer than if watering is only carried out selectively. Due to the small volume of the poured surfaces, in contrast to the large dry volume, they dry out faster than if the entire volume of the bed is filled with moisture. Similar to heating in an apartment.

Maintaining an energy level always requires less energy than having to achieve it again and again.

Shipping and pick-up information

We offer CTT shipping for Saagut Europe and USA far! With us you will always receive a tracking number to track your package. Shipping costs differ depending on the shipping region. Here is a list of regions and prices:

National Shipping
Portugal (with the Azores and Madeira Islands)
Envelope or package up to 500g = € 3.50
2 kg Bus Package = 8 €
Package over 2 kg = 16 €

Europe Shipping
Envelope up to 100g = 7 €
500g Bus Package = 9,50 €
1kg Bus Package = 14 €
2kg Bus Package = 20 €
Package over 2kg = 40 €

USA Shipping
Envelope up to 100g = € 7.50
500g Bus Package = 15,50 €
1 kg Bus Package = 24 €
2 kg Bus Package = 33,50 €
Package over 2 kg = 67 €

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Good king Henry is an ancient perennial, wild and rich vegetable plant that was cultivated until the 17th century, before it was destroyed by the growth of today's agriculture, fell into oblivion and was replaced by today's spinach varieties. The hardy plant forms arrow-shaped leaves that are covered in white flour on the underside and have a high iron and vitamin C content. The taste is similar to spinach and is fresh and mild. The leaves are eaten raw or cooked like spinach. The inflorescences can be used steamed like broccoli.

Good King Henry is an endangered wild plant species!

General information
Plant family: Amaranthaceae
Life cycle: Perennial
Days to harvest: 100 days
Plant height approx.: 100 cm
Root type: Deep rooter
Nutrient requirements: Medium eater
Water requirements: Medium
Winter hardiness: Up to -25 °C
Location: Sunny until semi shady
Soil: Permeable, moist, loamy, humus

pH value: 6 to 7,5

Sowing and planting information
Germ type: Dark germinator
Sowing depth: 1-2 cm
Optimal germination temperature: 15-20 °C
Germination time: 7-30 days
Plant and row spacing: 25x30 cm

Optimal mixed culture: 
Unfavorable mixed culture: 

Subtropic climate (Mediterranean) (e. g. B. Portugal, Spain, Italy)
Sow directly outdoors from March to June or in autumn from September to October.

Moderate climate (e. g. B. Germany, Switzerland, Poland)
Sow directly outdoors from the end of April to August.

Germination in this species is irregular and the germination rate is naturally low. Sow directly in rows or spread out.
Good Heinrich prefers a sunny to partially shaded location with a permeable, deep, nutrient-rich, humus-rich and loamy soil. Prepare the soil with seasoned animal manure. Avoid waterlogging.

Additional tips
The plant gets along well with itself and other perennials. Indicator plant for nitrogen-rich soils. Older leaves increasingly accumulate oxalic acid and should no longer be consumed. In order to quickly obtain a fine, crumbly and permeable soil, we recommend additional incorporation of biochar and primary rock powder.

Type of propagation
It spreads via seeds.

Plant care
Regular watering causes faster growth. Beds prepared with animal manure and planting in mixed culture replace additional fertilizer.

Germination ability of seeds: 2-3 years

Other Names
Botanical names: Chenopodium bonus-henricus
English names: Good king henry, Lincolnshire spinach, Goosefoot perennial, Goosefoot, Poor–man's asparagus
German names: Guter Heinrich, Grüner Heinrich, Wilder Spinat, Dorfgänsefuß
Portuguese names: Bom rei henrique
Spanish names: Buen rey enrique, Buen rey henry
French names: Le bon roi henri, Bon roi henri

  • Made in harmony with nature
  • All seeds and seedlings are genetically stable for further propagation
  • Our seeds are always checked for germination at regular intervals
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