Malabar Summer Spinach

Summer Spinach - Malabar, Red Stemmed

Basella alba var. rubra

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. This is the red-stemmed variety of Malabar, known as ‘Rubra.’ 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 it’s too hot for most other plants. ( 3 Gram Packet)


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Product Description

Average Seed / oz Seed / 100′ Row Average Yield / 100′ Row Days to Harvest
1,400 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

Bed Preparation

Spinach is a cool season plant that prefers moist, well-drained soil high in nitrogen. Choose a site with full sun to partial shade.


Seeds germinate best if soaked in water prior to planting. Germination rates are greatly reduced if soil temperatures are above 65˚F. Start seeds as early as six weeks before the last frost or as soon as you can work the soil. Sow seeds ½" deep and 1" apart. Seeds will sprout in 6-21 days. Thin seedlings so that mature plants are 4" apart.

Spinach can be planted in succession every two weeks throughout spring and again in late summer for a fall crop. With minimal protection, spinach overwinters in most areas of the U.S.


Harvest when plants have at least six 3-4" long leaves. Harvest by cutting leaves from the outside of plant first to prolong productivity.

Seed Saving

Hot temperatures and long days will trigger flowering in spinach. Allow spring crop to flower and set seed. Seed is ready to harvest when the flowers have dried brown and seeds are black. Spinach seeds do not store for extended periods of time. Fresh seed should be used each growing season.

Additional Information

Weight 3 g

3 grams – Packet


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