Red Stem Malabar Spinach Seeds | Basella Alba Rubra Ceylon Green Vegetable
The Malabar Red Stem Spinach, also known as Ceylon, Vine Spinach, or Basella Alba Rubra, is beautiful climbing spinach with bright red stems and glossy, edible leaves. This warm-weather crop is a vigorous climbing vine and needs to be trellised. Use Malabar Red Stem's leaves and young stems in salads and stir-fries, or its red-purple juicy berries, as a natural colorant and flavoring. Malabar Spinach is an excellent source of Niacin and Zinc, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, folic acid, iron, and calcium.
Species: Spinach, Red Stem Malabar
Plant Size 7-8 feet tall
Days to Germinate:10-21 days
Days to Harvest: 70
Germination Rate: 85%
Lifespan: Annual, Perennial Zones 10-12
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Shade
This warm-season vegetable is frost-sensitive and should be planted outdoors a few weeks after all danger of frost has passed. Start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Plant 1/4 inch in the soil after all danger of frost has passed in Spring in at least 70F temperature soil.
Within-Row Spacing: 18 inches
Between-Row Spacing: 24-36 inches