Spinach, Red Malabar
- Not a true spinach, but similar in flavor and usage
- Soft, rounded leaves
- Red leaf veins and stems
- Sprouts are cut to eat as greens
- Free-branching climber re-grows rapidly
- Heat tolerant
- 50-70 days
(Basella rubra) Tropical heat-loving vine from India. Not a true spinach, but similar in flavor and usage. Free-branching climber with red leaf veins and stems. Will regrow rapidly if sprouts are cut to eat as greens. Pinch tips to encourage branching. Stems can be cut and rooted. 50-70 days.
Learn to Grow it
This crop can be direct seeded into the soil after the last spring frost. You can also start plants indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost date.
Plant your seeds 1/4-1/2 in. deep in soil trays or pots indoors. When transplanting out the plants, be very careful to limit any disturbance to the roots.
These seeds can be broadcast evenly in sections of the garden to create a bed of tender leaves and thinned to 6 inches apart as they mature. Plant your seeds 1/8-1/2 in. deep.
These plants prefer warm weather and soil so they should be grown when temperatures are over 68 degrees F.