Malabar spinach

Malabar spinach growing vine of the genus Basella also known as Basella alba. Malabar spinach evergreen perennial but in cold climate grow as annual plant also used as ornamental plant. Grow in mediterranean, subtropics, temperate, tropics climate.

Leaves edible, the size 2-20 cm, structure is fleshy thick, oval to heart shape, the color in the green cultivar is light green in the red cultivar it's dark red.

Stem edible recommend to use the young stems because the older stem become fibrous.

Flower edible small white with pink.

Fruit edible small purple black fruit with big seed in the middle the fruits are edible and tasteless

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Malabar spinach
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How to grow: 

Requirements for growing Malabar spinach:
Trellising

What is the best way to start growing Malabar spinach:
Plant / Seed/ Vegetative Reproduction

Is it necessary to use vegetative reproduction in Malabar spinach?
No but it's possible

Difficulties/Problems with growing Malabar spinach:
Very aggressive

When is the best time to plant a Malabar spinach plant:
Spring

Pests and diseases in Malabar spinach:
Aphids

When is the best time to prune a Malabar spinach plant?
All year

How to prune a Malabar spinach:
When the stem start to grow into other stems it become hard to collect the leaves

What is the size of a Malabar spinach plant?
2-8 m

Growth speed in Malabar spinach:
Fast growing

Malabar spinach Irrigation Water Management:
Average amount of water / big amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing Malabar spinach:
Full Sun / Half Shade

It is possible to grow Malabar spinach indoor?
No

Growing Malabar spinach is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes

Plant growth speed: 
How much water the plant needs: 
Plants sun exposure: 
Leaf color: 
Ornamental parts: 
 
Blooming: 

When does Malabar spinach bloom?
Spring / Summer / Autumn

General information about the flower:
Small flower white with pink

Thinning / Deadheading of Malabar spinach Blossom:
Recommend to thinning the flower but it's a lot of work

Pollination is done by:
Bees, fly

Flower color: 
Fruit: 

When does Malabar spinach yield:
Spring / Summer / Autumn

Pests or diseases in Malabar spinach fruit:
Bird / pigeon

What can be done with big quantities of Malabar spinach fruit?
Juice, eaten raw

Work requirements on the Malabar spinach fruit:
No special requirement

How long does it take for a Malabar spinach to bear fruit?
1-2 month

Edible leaves: 

When to trim Malabar spinach leaves?
Spring / Summer / Autumn

How to trim Malabar spinach leaves?
Next to the steam, young leaves can cut with the stems

Information about Malabar spinach leaves:
Oval to heart shape, the color in the green cultivar is light green in the red cultivar it's dark red

Uses of Malabar spinach leaves:
Eat raw, salad, cooked, Casserole, soup, Juice

Vegetative Reproduction: 

How to make Vegetative Reproduction in Malabar spinach?
Cutting, bending a branch over and covering it with soil

The best time for vegetative reproduction in Malabar spinach:
Spring / Summer / Autumn

How much time does it take to grow roots in vegetative reproduction?
1-4 weeks

What is the treatment for vegetative reproduction in Malabar spinach?
take branch with 3 wood knot cut the leaves, put the stem in the water and change the water every day, or put it in the moist soil and keep it wet, bend the branch into the soil break it little but keep the connection with the mother plant

Grow from seeds: 

Sowing of Malabar spinach:
Black-gray seeds, 2-4 mm, clean the seeds from fruit leftover

Saving Malabar spinach seeds until sowing:
Room temperature, dark and dry place

Sowing season of Malabar spinach:
Spring

Malabar spinach plant spacing:
10 cm, can be less

How Deep Do You Plant A Malabar spinach Seed?
1-2 cm

Malabar spinach seeding conditions:
Moist, rich soil

Watering Malabar spinach Seeds:
Big amount of water

Malabar spinach germination time:
2-10 weeks

Condition of Malabar spinach sprout:
Moist, sun,

Do Malabar spinach seeds require burying?
No