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Malabar Spinach, organic seeds

Eco Heirloom


Is a beautiful heat-loving liana with dark-green leaves,wine-red stems and pink flowers. Malabar-spinach is an excellent alternative to ordinary spinach. It easily winds itself 2-3 m up a support in a cool greenhouse or against a warm south- or southwest wall. The big meaty leaves and the young stems are used, stir-fried, quickly poached, steamed, but rarely raw. Sow the seeds indoors for planting, when the risk of frost is over and the land has warmed up. It needs support like the runner beans, and can be harvested several times during the season. It is also called Poi sag, Ceylon Spinach or Malabar Nightshade. A portion contains about 30 seeds.


Product number:1355
Scientific name:Basella rubra
Botanic family:The Madeira Vine Family - Basellaceae
Days to maturity:70
F1 Hybrid:No
New variety:No
Sowing time:Pre-cultivate: March–May
Sowing depth:2 cm
Germination time:10–30 days
Plant spacing:25 cm
Row spacing:35–50 cm
Height:200–300 cm
Plant location:Sun
Seeds/g:20-50 seeds
Heirloom variety:Yes

Cultivation advice


Sow the seeds 2 cm deep inddors in May-June for planting out when the risk of frost is well over and the soil is warm. Needs support to climb up around.


Keep 20-25 cm between plants. 


The large, fleshy leaves, the young stalks and tops are used. Fried lightly, quickly boiled, steamed for a minute but rarely raw. During one season the plant can stand being picked and harvested several times. 


50 seeds/1 g. A portion contains about 30 seeds.