(Basella rubra) A.k.a. Phooi leaf, Red Vine spinach, Climbing spinach, Malabar nightshade, Alugbati or Alabati, Vietnamese Spinach, Creeping spinach, Ceylon spinach, Indian spinach, Philippine Spinach, Asian Spinach, rau m?ng t?i. 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 and can reach up to 14'. It has reddish-purple stems, glossy dark green leaves, and grows more rapidly than the green stem variety. In cooler areas, it will not over-winter but will produce a good harvest as an annual. Malabar spinach is used to thicken soups/stews. Use in any recipe that calls for spinach, with noodles and in stir-fries. In Japan, it is cooked in tempura, ohitashi or braised and topped with a sesame dressing. HOW TO GROW: Sow seeds indoors 1/2" deep. Plant out just before the last frost. Kale is most tender and delicious after a frost. Harvest can continue even after snow. Keep moist, not letting the seeds dry out between watering. *** **SOIL Temperature for Germination: 70-75F **Plant Spacing: 10-12", Row Spacing: 30-36". **Hardiness: Zones 5-11 **Sun Requirement: Full Sun **Sowing Method: Indoor Sow. **Days to Germination: 14-21 **Germination Rate: 90%
ORGANICALLY GROWN Malabar Red Stem Spinach Seeds Herb Heirloom NON-GMO Phooi leaf, Red Vine, Alugbati, Vietnamese. Height at Maturity: up to 14'. 60-65 days.
Keep moist, not letting the seeds dry out between watering. Planting Depth: 1/2". SOIL Temperature for Germination: 70-75F. Planting season: Late spring/early summer.
A vitamin bomb! Best eaten when leaves are small and tender. Good cooked or fresh in salads. Ornamental and delicious.
Grows best in cool weather. Can be grown as a spring or fall crop. Very hardy. Harvest all winter (with mulch) to zone 6.