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Red Malabar Spinach

Red Malabar Spinach


85 days. A striking shift from ordinary greens, this vigorous tropical vine grows to 6 feet with spinach-like, dark green foliage on burgundy stems. Fleshy, glossy leaves have a pleasant, nutty Swiss Chard flavor. May be grown on the ground or trellised for cleaner, easier harvesting.

   Open Pollinated
Approximately 30 seeds per 2 grams.
  • MS517/S
  • 2 grams
  • $2.95

  • MS517/P
  • 7 grams
  • $4.75

  • MS517/B
  • 1 oz
  • $10.95
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Soil Temp for Germ.Days to EmergenceSeed DepthThin Plants ToSeed SpacingRow SpacingSeeds per gramFertilizer Needs
50-70°F2-151/4-1/2"6-12"1-2"16-18"Listed per varietyLow

Savor the flavors that fill the kitchens of Europe. Fast and easy to grow, greens are excellent sources of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Enjoy them in soups, lightly steamed, or raw for a low calorie and highly nutritious part of your diet.

Days to maturity are calculated from date of direct seeding.

• Gourmet greens perform best when planted in early spring or fall
• Most will tolerate light to moderate frosts with minimal cover
• Plants are most vigorous and the flavors are better when daytime air temperatures are between 60-70°F
• Most greens are best direct sown
• Apply 1 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer per 10 row feet, and 1 inch of compost
• Cover seeds with Reemay or Grow Guard 20 to help deter birds and improve germination
• Sow greens every couple of weeks to ensure a continuous supply of young plants

Direct Sowing
• Use row cover to improve germination and prevent soil crusting
• Thin as soon as 2-3 true leaves have formed

• Start indoors 4-6 weeks before anticipated transplant date

Insects & Diseases
Common insects: Aphids and flea beetles
Insect control: Strong spray of water, or applications of Pyrethrin or Neem oil
Disease prevention: 3-4 year crop rotation, and proper plant spacing allows air circulation to prevent molds

Harvest & Storage
• Harvest greens frequently and when young
• As with all greens, a rinse in cold water will help preserve the flavor and texture
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awesome plant!
Aug 12, 2018  |  By Melinda
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Ordered seeds two years ago and the plant not only survives extremes of heat and cold but reseeds, and comes back every year! Baby leaves are great in salad and even the oldest leaves are great cut up and cooked in a little vinegar. Best spinach ever, no pests or diseases! This is a hardy perineal spinach that tastes great and lives forever.