Seeds - Spinach, Red Malabar


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Description: A Sage Garden customer favourite! Tropical heat-loving perennial from India... yet right at home in the prairie garden! Not a true spinach, but similar in flavour and usage. Free-branching climber with red leaf veins and stems. Very attractive container plant.

Will regrow rapidly if sprouts are cut to eat as greens. Pinch tips to encourage branching. Stems can be cut and rooted. Really cool!

Pack Size  50 seeds

Latin Name: Basella rubra
Main Uses: Culinary, and also very ornamental!

Zone Hardiness: Annual
Exposure: Full sun
Height: Vine
Flower Color: Purple
Flowering Time: Mid to late summer

Germination: Requires warm conditions to germinate quickly. Ideal soil temperature is 18 〫C - 22 〫C. Germination is typically 14 - 21 days.
Sowing: Start indoors 8 weeks ahead of regional planting out date (on average June 1 - 7 in southern MB). Press seeds firmly into soil, to a depth of approximately 1/4". Fertilize with a kelp based supplement such as Sea Magic™ from first watering, to speed up germination and root development.
Transplant: Malabar Spinach is a warm-climate plant, and should not be set outdoors until all change of frost has passed and soil is warmed-up. Provide a trellis. Ideal for pots, or along fences or posts in the garden.

Harvesting: Harvest leaves at any point through the growing season.

Growing in Containers: Ideal for containers 8 inches and up.

Fertilizing (Containers): Add 25% quality compost to potting mix; fertilize weekly with a higher nitrogen organic plant food such as a fish-based fertilizer.

Watering (Containers): Water deeply when top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Check every day or two during very hot weather.

Growing in Mixed Planters: Can be grown in large mixed veggie planters.

Fertilizing (Garden): Plant in a garden bed amended with compost. No additional fertilizer is required.

Watering (Garden): Water deeply to establish. Water mature plants weekly during hot weather.

Special Requirements for Cold Climate Gardeners: Support for the vines.

Suitability for Indoors: Can be grown indoors under lights.

Exposure: Brightest available.

What about Grow Lights? T5 or 26 - 54w CFL full-spectrum lights are ideal

Special Instructions: This is a tropical variety that will benefit from increased humidity during the arid winter months indoors.

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