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Good King Henry [chenopodium bonus-henricus]

Good King Henry [chenopodium bonus-henricus]

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Tips to reduce water use

We recommend mulching the beds.
Experience has shown that covering the ground with hay or straw can reduce evaporation by 80%. Keeping the beds evenly moist will create an optimal moist microclimate under the mulch. This not only helps the plants to grow, but also reduces the water consumption enormously. 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 crop 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. Drying out the soil causes a huge reduction in the micro- and macro-organisms in the soil, resulting in an infertile soil.
Tests have shown that the addition of water to the entire bed is lower over a longer period of time than if it is only poured selectively. Due to the small volume of the poured areas, as opposed to the large dry volume, they dry out faster than if the entire volume of the bed were filled with moisture.
Similar to heating in an apartment.

Maintaining an energy level always requires less energy than having to reach this level again and again.

Shippping and pickup information

We offer CTT shipping for seeds worldwide! With us you always get a tracking number to track your parcel. The shipping costs differ depending on the continent.
Here is a list of regions and prices:

National Shipping Portugal (with Azores and Madeira Islands)
Envelope or Parcel up to 500g = €4.50
Parcel up to 2kg = €8
Parcel more than 2kg = €16

Europe shipping
Envelope up to 100g = €7
Parcel up to 500g = €9.50
Parcel up to 1kg = €14
Parcel up to 2kg = €20
Parcel more than 2kg = €40

United States shipping
Envelope up to 100g = €8.50
Pa up to 500g = €15.50
Parcel up to 1kg = €24
Parcel up to 2kg = €33.50
Parcel more than 2kg = €67

World shipping (to all other areas)
Envelope up to 100g = €7
Parcel up to 500g = €14
Parcel up to 1kg = €21
Parcel up to 2kg = €31.50
Parcel more than 2kg = €63

After completing your order when you check out, you will receive an order confirmation email from us with your tracking number.

Pick up
You can pick up your order at any time by appointment at our farm or at the markets we visit. The possible pick-up options will be displayed to you directly when you check out.

Markets we visit can be found above in the menu bar under"Market Dates"

The perennial Good King Henry is a European native old wild plant and healing herb that was cultivated until the 17th century before it was forgotten and supplanted by today's spinach varieties. It is characterized by its high iron and vitamin C content. Use like spinach.

Indicator plant for nitrogen-rich soils

Good King Henry is an endangered wild plant species!

General information
Plant family: Amaranthaceae
Lifecycle: Perennial 
Days until harvest: 100 days
Plant hight approx: 60-100 cm
Root type: Deep rooter
Nutrient requirements: Medium
Water requirements: Medium
Winter hardiness: until -25°C
Location: Sunny
Soil: Permeable, moist and humus rich

pH value: 6 to 7.5

Information on sowing and planting
Germ type: Light germinator
Sowing depth: 0-0,5 cm
Best germination temperature: 15-20°C
Germination time: 14-30 days irregular
Plant-, row distance: 30x30 cm

Optimal mix culture: 
Unfavorable mix culture: 

The plant gets along well with itself and other perennials

Planting information

Other names
Latin 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


Potent germination capacity: 2-3 years

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  • All seeds and seedlings for further propagation
  • Our seeds are always checked for germination quality at regular intervals
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