Spinach (Malabar) Growing Guide
Crop Rotation Group
Any average, well drained soil.
Full sun to partial afternoon shade.
Malabar spinach is a tropical plant that tolerates neither frost nor cold soil.
Mix in a balanced organic fertiliser when preparing the planting site.
Malabar spinach is a vigorous climbing plant that needs a trellis or other support. It will quickly overtake other plants.
Single Plants: 30cm (11") each way (minimum)
Rows: 25cm (9") with 35cm (1' 1") row gap (minimum)
Sow and Plant
Plant seeds in late spring, after the soil has warmed. In cool climates, you can give plants a two-week head start indoors. After the first season, look for volunteer seedlings and move them to where you want them to grow.
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Malabar spinach is highly ornamental, and is easily trained up a trellis. Some varieties have red stems. Malabar spinach is typically grown on a tower, fence or tepee style trellis. Four trellised plants will occupy a space 18 inches (45cm) square at maturity.
Clip leaves as you need them in the kitchen. When lightly steamed or stir-fried, the leaves resemble a cross between spinach and chard.
Planting and Harvesting Calendar
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