Malabar Spinach, Ceylon Spinach
Scientific Name: Basella rubra
family: Basellaceae

Malabar Spinach, Ceylon Spinach (Basella rubra)
Malabar spinach 'Rubra'

Recommended Temperature Zone:

sunset: 23-24 as perennial
USDA: 10 as perennial

Frost Protection:

Tender in Phoenix

Sun Exposure:

Light shade in Phoenix

Origin:

Africa, South East Asia

Growth Habits:

Tender fast growing vine to 10 feet

Watering Needs:

Regular water

Propagation:

Seeds

 The Malabar Spinach is a common vagetable in tropical Africa and southeast Asia, where it originated. Only the young leaves are eaten. To prepare, boil and discard water. Young leaves can be added to a green salad.

Cultural Practices:
The Malabar Spinach is a tender perennial grown as an annual in most of the USA. It needs regular water and fertilizing.

Propagation:
Start the seeds indoor at 70F (21C) in mid January. Plant outside in early March or after the last frosts.

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