Spinach, Green Malabar
This is a perfect heat-loving, hardy perennial spinach that is great to grow in our climate. Although it isn’t true spinach, it’s a great substitute for hotter climates where it’s harder to grow spinach varieties. Malabar spinach can grow up to 14ft. tall and will need a trellis or a fence for support. It can easily be grown for its ornamental values as much as its taste, which is like swiss chard.
Days to Maturity: 85 days to full size but leaves can be harvested much sooner.
Plant size: 14 ft. tall and can be trellised or left to sprawl on the ground
Plant spacing: 12-18” apart
Sun, soil, and water requirement: Malabar spinach can tolerate heat, but enjoys partial shade for better-tasting leaves and slower growth. It’ll do best in moist, fertile soil, although it can also tolerate poor soil conditions and will need 1-2 inches of water each week.
Pruning: Pinching tips will encourage branching.
Harvesting: Pick young leaves and stems throughout the growing season as needed.
Culinary: The young leaves are ideal for soups, salads, and stir-fries. Be careful not to overcook it, or it can become slimy.
Nutrients: The leaves and roots are sometimes used medicinally for digestive problems, and it has a high amount of protein and antioxidants.
Companion planting: Can grow with asparagus however, because it's a vigorous climbing plant, it will quickly overtake other plants if not given the proper space to grow.
Container friendly (large container: it will sprawl over the edges)
** Pots and plants may vary from the picture depending on the size and maturity ordered. All plants have been carefully hardened off and are ready to be transplanted into their permanent garden home or pot once delivered.
** Growing details provided are general. Conditions will change depending on your location, elevation, climate, rainfall, and accessible sunlight.
** Nutritional information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or an other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.