Malabar [Vietnamese] Spinach Seeds for sale online here in Australia

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Malabar [Vietnamese] Spinach Seeds for sale online here in Australia

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The product being offered here is the seeds for $4 for ten of them. Cuttings & plants are available at times & you need to inquire what is when available. For the sake of this exercise, I am focussing on the seeds at this stage. Things change.

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What Is Malabar Spinach: Tips For Growing And Using Malabar Spinach

Malabar spinach plant is not a true spinach, but its foliage does indeed resemble that green leafy vegetable. Also known as Ceylon spinach, climbing spinach, gui, acelga trapadora, bratana, libato, vine spinach and Malabar nightshade, Malabar spinach is a member of the Basellaceae family. Basella alba is a green leaf variety while the red leaf variety belongs to the B. rubra species, which has purplish stems. If not spinach proper, what then is Malabar spinach?

What is Malabar Spinach?
Malabar spinach plants grow in India and throughout the tropics, primarily in the moist lowlands. While the dark green leaves resemble those of spinach, this is a vine type of plant that thrives in hot temps, even those into 90+ degrees F. Cool temperatures will cause Malabar spinach to creep. It is grown as an annual, but will grow like a perennial in regions that are frost free..

However you use Malabar spinach, this discovery is a boon for those of us that love our greens but find the warm days of summer a bit too hot for their taste.
Using Malabar Spinach
Although when it is cooked it tastes much like spinach, Malabar spinach raw is a revelation of the juicy, crisp flavors of citrus and pepper. It is delicious mixed in with other greens in tossed salads.
How to Grow Malabar Spinach
Malabar spinach can be grown from either seeds or cuttings. If the stems are too tough to eat when pruning, simply put them back into the soil where they will re-root.
Malabar vietnamese spinach has its place in the kitchen garden, providing cool, crisp greens for the long, hot summer days.
Malabar Spinach Care
Malabar spinach will grow well in a variety of soil conditions but prefers a moist fertile soil with plenty of organic matter and a pH of between 6.5 and 6.8. Malabar spinach plants can be grown in part shade, which increases the leaf size, but it much prefers hot humid and full sun exposures.
Scarify the seed with a file, sandpaper or even a knife to speed germination, which will take 3 weeks or longer at temperatures between 65-75 degrees F. Direct sow Malabar spinach seeds in USDA zone 7 or warmer, 2-3 weeks after the last frost date.

If you live in a chillier zone, start the seeds indoors at about 6 weeks before the last frost. Wait to transplant until the soil has warmed and there is no chance of frost. Transplant the seedlings spaced about a foot apart

The product being offered here is the seeds for $4 for ten of them. Cuttings & plants are available at times & you need to inquire what is when available. For the sake of this exercise, I am focusing on the seeds at this stage. Things change.

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