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Red Malabar Spinach (35 seeds) (SP107) $2.50

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Red Malabar Spinach

         
 
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70 days. This beautiful plant is not a true spinach but a different species (Basella rubra). This heat-loving Asian vine has lovely red stems and delicious, succulent leaves that are great in salads and stir-fries. A delicious green that can be grown as an annual in many areas or as a perennial in sub-tropical areas.
 
Red Malabar Spinach
Overall Rating:
         
4.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 56
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0

91.1% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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5 out of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Peter
Location:
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Date:
March 30, 2018
          4.0
 
Red Climbing Spinach
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Easy to grow, attractive vine

What are the cons? None

Review:

Odd comments from others about the “strange” taste. The taste is exactly the same as silverbeet/Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris) although from a completely different plant family. Stir fry or steam leaves and young stems, use leaves in mixed salad. Delicious.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

9 out of 11 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Irk
Location:
Henderson, NV, United States
Date:
February 13, 2018
          3.0
 
Pretty But Earthy
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Easy to grow, and attractive.

What are the cons? Flavor like dirt.

Review:

So I planted these out in the spring in a raised bed with a trellis. The package said there was a low germination rate, so I dumped in about 1/4 of the contents into the soil and it took a couple of weeks before I really saw any action in that section. Once they started though, they vined all over the place. The vines covered the trellis in its entirety, and filled in the bottom of the raised bed before spilling out into the pathway. These held their own in the desert heat and sun with no issues, but we couldn't bring ourselves to eat the leaves. Every time we tried them the texture was very slimy once you bit in, and the flavor was like soil. On the flip side, if you cooked them in with an omelette, it tasted exactly like normal spinach.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

14 out of 16 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Country Kid
Location:
China, ME, United States
Date:
February 8, 2018
          5.0
 
100 Germination
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 2.5
 

What are the pros? Neat To Grow

What are the cons? None

Review:

It took me a little while to figure out a sure fire way to get these to germinate but after a little experimenting I was successful! To get the seeds to germinate quickly and have up to 100% germination I lightly tapped the seeds with a wrench (not too heavy but just enough) until I heard a faint crack. This was the seed shell opening. An opening in the shell allowed for water to enter the embryo and start germination. I then put the cracked seeds in a jar with a little water. Some of the seeds sprouted roots in as little as five days. Hopefully since they are in a mini green house in my basement I will be eating some in a couple months!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

19 out of 20 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
ATERZIOTTI
Location:
MALACATOS, LOJA, Ecuador
Date:
March 10, 2017
          5.0
 
FINALLY I CAN GROW SPINACH
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? IT'S EASY TO GROW AND YUMMY!

What are the cons? nothing to dislike

Review:

I'VE TRYING GROWING EVERY KIND OF SPINACH IN THIS COUNTRY. I get one of two leaves and then nothing. I don't know if bugs are eating them or what. Finally success. This one grows well and tastes delicious.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

17 out of 19 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Oz
Location:
Sydney, Subtropical, Australia
Date:
January 17, 2017
          5.0
 
Malabar Spinach
Easy to Grow 0.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Grows fast in Australia

What are the cons? Nothing to dislike

Review:

I was given a few seedlings by a friend here on the East Coast of Australia and started them in coir, perlite and vermiculite mix with balanced liquid fertilizer. They took a week or so to get over the trip home and also being planted out from almost completely bare, with negligible numbers of roots, but a few survived and then accelerated out of the pot rapidly with a bit of balancedfood and water. (In hindsight, I should have treated them like cuttings for the first few weeks) Oh well, live and learn. After about 5 weeks are a good 5 foot long and starting to fill out in my fairly shady back yard, climbing all over my tomatoes currently. Weather now has been in the high 70s rising to 90s with warm nights too, but are growing very well indeed, love our southern heat and humidity. Also corn this year for the first time, impressedwith yield/flavou starting as soon as the garden bed/ground temperature in late winter toggled 55 degrees, germinate corn in tallcells against sunnywall.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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