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Vegetable seeds malabar spinach,CeylonGreen Vine,Basella alba ( Mong Toi )
GREEN - VARIETY
Germanation: > 70% (tested)
NON TREATED SEEDS
Also known as Indian spinach, Ceylon spinach, basella, vine spinach
The leaves from this heat-loving vine have a mild flavor and are used like spinach in salads and cooking. this vine grows up to 14 feet tall, so you'll want to train it to a stake or trellis. Ideal for soups, salads and stir-fries alike, Malabar Spinach can be prepared as spinach is cooked. Do be careful not to overcook it, as it becomes slimy. Exceptionally nutritious, these varieties are also quite striking additions to the garden. In China the leaves and roots are sometimes used medicinally for digestive problems. Frost-sensitive. It creeps when temperatures are cool, but leaps when the mercury hits 90 F.
Part shade increases leaf size, but prefers hot weather and full sun.
◾tolerates damp soil
Grows well in a wide range of soils, but prefers moist, fertile soils, high in organic matter, pH 6.5 to 6.8. Requires consistent moisture to keep from flowering, which causes leaves to turn bitter.
Grown as an annual, but is perennial in frost-free areas.
Ease-of-care: moderately difficult
In most of New York, you must start plants inside and transplant after danger of frost has passed. Requires trellising.
Foliage color: dark green
Foliage texture: medium
Shape: climbing / vine
How to plant:
Germination temperature: 65 F to 75 F
Days to emergence: 14 to 21 - Scarify seed to hasten germination.
Seed can be saved 4 years.
Maintenance and care:
In Zone 7 and warmer, direct seed 2 to 3 weeks after last frost date. In colder areas or to get an earlier crop, start seeds inside about 6 weeks before last frost.
Scarify seed (use a file, sharp knife or sandpaper to carefully cut through the tough seed coat) to speed germination, which may take 3 weeks or more.
Wait until soil has warmed and all danger of frost has passed before transplanting -- at least 2 to 3 weeks after last frost date. Space transplants about 12 inches apart.
Well-adapted to high temperatures, even into the 90s F. But growth is disappointing when temperatures stay below 80 F. Requires consistent moisture to keep from flowering, which causes bitterness in leaves.
Requires trellis or other support for twining vine. Can follow peas up the same trellis.