SPINACH MALABAR GREEN STEM CLIMBER SAVES SPACE! DELICIOUS LEAVES AND STEMS YOU CAN KEEP ON PICKING! $2.20

A BEAUTIFUL VINE AND TOTALLY YUMMY! A REAL SPACE SAVER – SPINACH THAT GROWS UP A TRELLIS OR STICK! MALABAR SPINACH GROWS AS A VINE! AMAZING NEW VARIETY! VERY ATTRACTIVE AND FAST GROWING, USE IT AS AN EDIBLE SCREEN!
Add Malabar spinach to summer salads, sliced in omelettes, as a wrap for veggies or lean meats, and directly picked as a refreshing snack. Malabar Spinach can hold up to the heat of soups and stir fries a lot better than spinach. It won’t wilt as quickly. Spicy dishes are perfect for Malabar spinach. Add chilies, chopped onion and lots of garlic. Sauté in herb, spicy and mustard oils. This is one green that works well in curry sauces.
It is different from English spinach (Spinacea oleracea) in that the vine spinach is a creeping vine with bright, broad, dark green, thick leaves. Although commonly featuring in many backyards across South Asian families, it slowly gaining popularity in some of the tropical and temperate climates of America, Australia, and Europe for its lush, nutritious greens, and tender stems.
Malabar spinach is a perennial vine and grown as annual or biennial pot-herb. It prefers hot, humid climate and moist, fertile, well-drained soil to flourish.  Being a vine, it requires trellising for its spread. It bears white or white-pink colour tiny flowers depending upon the species and purple to black colour berries.
Very tender 8-12 inches stem harvested about 35 to 45 days after planting (about 50 days after seeding).

Malabar spinach will grow well in a variety of soil conditions but prefers a moist fertile soil with plenty of organic matter and a soil pH of between 6.5 and 6.8. Malabar spinach plants can be grown in part shade, which increases the leaf size, but it much prefers hot, humid and full sun exposures.

 

HOW TO GROW:

Scarify (scrape the outer coat of the seed until you see a glimpse of the pith) with a file, sandpaper or even a knife to speed germination or leave them to do it naturally, if scarified it will take three weeks (or longer) at temperatures 18-24 C in not scarified it can take a month or even two in the right weather.

Direct sow Malabar spinach seeds two to three weeks after the last frost date in Spring. If you live in a colder zone, start the seeds indoors at about six weeks before the last frost. Wait to transplant until the soil has warmed and there is no chance of frost. Transplant the seedlings spaced about a foot apart.

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