Common Name: Malabar spinach
Botanical Name: Basella alba
Type and Use: Twining herbaceous vine with edible foliage
Location: Sun to partial shade
Planting Dates: Spring after the last frost
Planting Method: Seeds, cuttings, or transplants. Very easy to germinate from seed.
Seed Emergence: 2 to 3 weeks
Harvest Time: When the leaves are young and tender.
Height: Will climb or spread to 8-20 feet easily in season
Spread: Same as above.
Final Spacing: 6-8’, but 1 or 2 plants is more than enough
Growth Habits: Succulent dark green vine with brightly distinctive red stems and leaf veins. Red stems and red leaf veins Fast growing and aggressive.
Culture: Easy to grow in any well drained soil. Requires normal amounts of water and fertilizer.
Troubles and Solutions: Spreads by seed and can become a pest although the seedlings pull up easily if you get them early.
Harvest and Storage: Pick the young tender leaves and use fresh or store at 32-40° for up to two weeks.