(Basella rubra) While not a true spinach, this beautiful red-stemmed vining plant produces large, deep green leaves that have a remarkably “spinach-like” flavor. Often planted in the summer as an alternative to cool-season spinach, this variety flourishes in the heat. Equally good cooked or fresh.
Vigorous vines can reach 8 feet or more when trellised. Its scarlet red stems and glossy green leaves make it wonderful as an ornamental as well.
|Germination Temperature||Planting Depth||Days to Germination||Plant Spacing||Row Spacing||Sun|
|65-75||1/4"||10-14||12"||18"||Partial to Full|
Sow outdoors from early spring to midsummer. Start indoors 1-2 weeks before average last frost.
Malabar Spinach is a hot weather spinach substitute.
Great for ornamental use, as well as being edible.
Can be propagated from cuttings.
Grows as a perennial in tropical climates, but will often reseed itself in colder climates.
Easy to grow from seed.
Grows best when supported by a trellis or post.
Harvest leaves and young stems for salads or cook leaves like spinach.
Plant with pole beans.