Malabar

Basella alba

Thick glossy leaves grow in the heat of summer on this annual vine, keeping up a steady supply of delicious leafy greens when all the others are bolting. Soak seeds for 24 hours before planting. Harvest leaves and shoots for cooking like spinach or swiss chard. Train up a trellis, stake, or fence for an edible wall!

These plants are not true spinach, but they will satisfy a mid-summer craving for nutrient dense greens when itÂ’s too hot for most other plants.
SizePrice QtyPurchase
3 grams - Packet $ 2.50
Average Seed / oz Seed / 100' Row Average Yield / 100' Row Days to Harvest
2000 1 oz 40 lbs 70
Planting Season Ideal Soil Temp Sun Frost Tolerance
After Last Frost 50-85°F Full/Part Frost Sensitive
Sowing Method Seed Depth Direct Seed Spacing Seeds Per Packet
Transplant or Direct Seed 1/4-1/2" 1/2" 80
Mature Spacing Days to Sprout Production Cycle Seed Viability
6" 14-21 Annual 3-4 years