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Malabah Spinach at Lismore NSW Australia growing up a trellisBotanical Name: Basella alba

Grows well under full sunlight in hot, humid climates. Growth is slow in low temperatures resulting in low yields. It grows best in sandy loam soils rich in organic matter with pH ranging from 5.5 to 8.0. Leaves are high in vitamin A, vitamin c, iron and calcium. Malabar spinach may be used to thicken soups or as a leafy green in stir fries.
A green stemmed selection that does not seed as readily as the red.

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$4.90 0 Seedling Pot: 0.25L
Height: 20-30cm
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Perennial Leafy Greens (#PerennialLeafyGreens)

Preferred Climate

Subtropical, Warm Temperate
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)


Plants required to Pollinate

1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?


Amount of leaves in Winter?

All Leaves (Evergreen)

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Fruiting/Harvest Months

February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December



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Malabar Spinach - Green

My ducks LOVE this green. I grow it in a large tub and keep it covered with chicken wire so only the leaves stick out as they grow, that way the plant can keep continuing to grow and feed everyone. Has a slight mucilaginous texture but nice to eat. | Julie - Lismore, NSW 31-May-2016

Malabar Spinach - Green

Grows really well in late spring and summer, very easy to grow, just put it next to something to grow on and watch it go. To me it doesn't taste like regular spinach, similar but.. a little different I guess. | Ash Planner - Perth, WA 22-May-2019
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Malabar Spinach - Green (Cutting) 3/10

Luong21's Edible Fruits
Update: 1227 days 17hrs

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This plant is the best performing out of the others, I had started some from seed and some from cuttings. In the tropics these are perennials but here in Melbourne the are treated as annuals. The plant in the photo is my best performing and is 3 months old and I will never grow this again, it grows too slow and is probably more suited for the subtropics and tropics plus once cooked it has slimy taste. If you live in the subtropics and tropics it's great but in the warm temperate region aramanth spinach is better and much faster growing. 

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