Malabar spinach Seeds,- fast-growing Specialty Greens ,Asian vegetable,
Malabar Spinach (Basella Rubra) - If you are looking for a different flavor from traditional spinach, then this gorgeous combination of deep green leaves set against burgundy stems and violet blooms will be perfect in your herb garden. Edible leaves grown from Malabar Spinach seeds can be used throughout summer and will flourish in heat and humidity.
Young leaves of this herb plant can be cooked and added to recipes and fresh leaves make a great salad. Climbing to 10 feet or more, Malabar Spinach is a lovely vine for trellises and arbors. Also known as: basella, ceylon spinach, climbing spinach, indian spinach, slippery vegetable, Vietnamese spinach, vine spinach, vine vegetable
Asian names for this vegetable...
China: lo kwai, luo kui, mu er cai, lo kwui, lu luo kui, zi luo kui, huang koong choy, saan choy, shan tsoi, shu chieh
Indonesia: gendola, gendolak, genjerot, genjulak, jingga
Japan: tsuru murasa kai, tsuru murasaki
Malaysia: gendola, remayong, tembayung
Philippines: alugbati, dundula, grana, libato
Sri Lanka: niviti
Thailand: paag prung, phak plang yai, phalpang
Vietnam: mong toi
Warm season annual/perennial
Maturity: Approx. 60 days
Planting season: Late spring/early summer
What Is Malabar Spinach ?
A tropical plant, Malabar Spinach thrives in the heat. Also called Basella, Vietnamese spinach, this vine grows up to 14 feet tall, so you'll want to train it to a stake or trellis. Ideal for soups, salads and stir-fries alike, Malabar Spinach can be prepared as spinach is cooked. Do be careful not to overcook it, as it becomes slimy. Exceptionally nutritious, these varieties are also quite striking additions to the garden. In China the leaves and roots are sometimes used medicinally for digestive problems.
How To Grow Malabar Climbing Spinach: Once frost danger has passed, plant the Malabar Spinach seeds directly in the herb garden. Some gardeners recommend scarifying the herb seeds to improve germination. Cover the Basella Rubra seeds with 1/4 inch of soil and keep the soil adequately moist.
Red-stemmed and pretty in flower, red Malabar spinach is a fast-growing vine that has both ornamental and culinary qualities. Red Vine Spinach requires a trellis or other support for the twining vine. A native of India, Malabar Spinach is a fully evergreen tender perennial herb with densely twining, rambling stems that can become thick and often require management to keep them from overtaking supports. Grow these herb seeds as a perennial in frost free zones and as an annual herb in colder zones.
USDA Zones: 8 - 11
Height: 120 inches
Bloom Season: Mid summer
Bloom Color: Purple & White
Environment: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Type: Prefers moist, fertile soils, high in organic matter, pH 6.5 to 6.8
Temperature: 65 - 75F
Average Germ Time: 14 - 21 days, scarify seed to hasten germination
Light Required: Yes
Depth: Plant seeds 1/4 inch deep
Sowing Rate: 1 -2 seeds per plant
Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
Plant Spacing: 9 - 12 inches