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Malabar Spinach, Red

    Malabar Spinach, Red


    (Basella alba var. rubra) 70 days. These Asian greens are a great summer substitute for spinach. The fleshy leaves and stems are high in vitamins A and C. Excellent for salads, stir-fries, and thickening summer soups. Germination is slow (10+ days at 80°F) so plant extra, or start indoors 3-6 weeks before transplanting. Grows best with trellising: a good technique is to plant next to pea trellises and let them take over as the peas finish. Thin to 12-18 in. apart. Will re-grow even if severely cut back. Self-sows readily. 

    A small (1 g) packet has about 42 seeds

    Good to start from seed in these months:

    North Florida: April-May

    Central Florida: March-June

    South Florida: February-June