Spinach - Indian Madhuri Spinach (Basella alba) Malabar Spinach Vine Spinach Ceylon Spinach NonGMO Vegetable
Vine 10 M
Indian Madhuri spinach is packed full of goodness! Madhuri, also known as Malabar, Vine, Ceylon and Indian Spinach is not a true spinach; it is a leaf vegetable. Madhuri spinach is a soft-stemmed vine that produces rich green leaves that are thick and semi-succulent. The stalks are green or yellow, and the vine will require support; it will climb a trellis or wall and can reach 10 meters in length.
Madhuri is usually cooked (like true spinach) but can also be used raw in salads as well as smoothies. When cooked, Indian spinach looks and tastes similar to true spinach (Spinacia oleracea), however, it actually belongs to a different plant family- the family Basellaceae unrelated to true spinach. Can also be grown as an ornamental vining for arbours, trellises and walls.
- Full sun
- Rich, sandy loamy soil
- Direct sow seeds outdoors after risk of frost has passed; sow seeds 1cm (1/2in) deep, 10 seeds per 30cm (12in), in rows 30 to 45cm (12 to 18in ) apart. Thin to at least 5-8 cm (2 to 3 in) between plants, or further if you want larger leaves. If you use the closer spacing, thin when the leaves touch, when the plants are about 2in tall, using the tender leaves for salad greens.
- OR start seeds indoors; lightly pre-moisten the soil and fill the container. Sow seeds 1 in deep (2.5 cm). For faster germination, place the container in a warm location and cover with plastic. Remove the plastic once per day to let excess moisture escape and prevent damping off. Keep the container lightly moist by misting. Transplant seedlings outdoors when all risk of frost has passed.Spacing: 30 cm
- Optimal soil temperature: 5 to 20°C (45 to 70°F).
- Germinates in 7 to 14 days.
- Selected for cold hardiness - harvest August to November
- Seed Count: 20