Malabar Spinach (Basella alba)

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Malabar Spinach (Basella alba) is a beautiful multi-colored fast-growing edible annual (or short-lived perennial) climbing vine native to Southeast Asia and India. It's leaves are rich in vitamins and thick and succulent just like spinach with a little more flavor and crisp. The stem is vibrant red in color and and it's lovely little blooms are pastel pink.

Malabar Spinach is a heat loving, drought tolerant plant that grows really well in sandy soil and honestly needs very little nutrients to thrive. Not only is Malabar Spinach a great summer alternative to growing spinach or other leafy greens, we think it's an essential summer plant in any food forest or permaculture garden. We have it planted under fruit trees and along fence lines for a beautiful, tropical, ornamental look.

Plant Type: 
Annual Herb, Climbing Vine

Harvest Season: 
Summer, Fall 

Mature Size: 
Vines may reach up to 8-12 ft in length 

Soil & Moisture:
Grows great in a variety of soil types and fertility, including light sandy soil that is well-draining. 

Light Requirements: 
Full Sun, Part Shade 

Self-Fertile: 
Yes 

Growth Rate: 
Fast, Very Fast 

Zone Hardiness: 
Outdoors 4-11 after the risk of frost; Patio/Greenhouse 4+ 

Propagation: 
These plants are propagated from seed and grown as an annual, ready to harvest throughout one growing season!

Plant Type
Perennial Herb, Vine.

Can also be grown as an annual in temperate climates as a heat-loving alternative to spinach.

Harvest Season
Spring - Fall.

Mature Size
Up to 10 ft. long.

Soil & Moisture
Fertile, well-draining soil.

Light Requirements
Full Sun, Part Shade

Self-Fertile

Growth Rate

Zone Hardiness
Outdoors 7+ with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Propagation

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