28 reviews for Red Malabar Spinach *RARE*

  1. Devon

    MAlABAR spinach that originates from India, meaning it thrives in hot weather, is drought tolerant and doesn’t get bitter unlike many leafing greens. It grows quickly as a climbing vine which produce succulent large leaves. I dedicated MAlABAR as my go to leafy greens this year and had more than enough greens between two plants. I will grow red Malabar every year.

  2. paul merkel

    I have been growing spinach in southern Wisconsin for 35 years . the standard variety bolted from heat in JULY and basically was done for the season. I tried the red Malabar this season , even with the heat the red Malabar did not start going to seed until today 9/1/2017. it still taste the same going to seed. I got 500% more spinach with red Malabar vs. standard spinach with the same amount of seeds , highly recommended.

  3. yvette

    Highly recommended; I live in zone 13, it grows like crazy and keeps producing allot of spinach, 2 plants is enough to get you a good amount of spinach for 2 person. 100% germination. It’s easy to grow! I LOVE IT!

  4. Elfqueenz

    I am a little disappointed, out of the 10 seeds I test planted only two are up and producing. I love the size of the leaves and the taste. Even though I only have two plants right now, I cut off the bottom two biggest leaves to taste. Yes, curiosity! and impatience..lol. I am testing to see if I can actually gather some leaves while the plant continues to grow bigger, it is vine after all. It’s been a week since I cut the two bottom leaves and the plant has not fallen over in utter shock and died, lol, it’s actually just sprouting a new leave on top. On the “dormant” i.e. unproductive seeds, I am hoping that they are just late bloomers. I’m in the South and it’s still hot most days, so I may have jumped the gun on seeding the spinach too early. I have started my new crop of lettuce of mixed variety at the same time and keep seeding new as I harvest. I just can’t live without my lush mixed greens salad, have to have one most every day.
    I will update you on the success or failure of the experiment with this spinach, harvesting part of the plant, and keep babying the area where I planted the rest of the seeds. I certainly will also plant some more spinach and of course salads, successive seedlings as I harvest, as soon as next month and on into as far into fall and “winter”, hopefully/counting for the typical and usual mild southern winter and a long salads season. I only have a very small elevated garden just for my salads and herbs.

  5. kent.hoover

    This plant cannot be beat for summer greens. The heat only speeds it up. Drought doesn’t seem to touch it. A little slow starting due to spring planting. I would recommend holding off seeding outdoors or setting out transplants until ~80*F days. If trellised, it will produce a large amount of leaves and continue to vine. The frost killed my plants in early October this year. The plants had produced flowers, but I was unable to collect seeds for next year. I hope to get around this in future years. If not, I will continue to buy seed here.

    If you want greens and live in hot and/or dry climates, plant this vegetable!

  6. ragersteph

    Beautiful plant. I love the colors. Started in doors in a sunny window for fear the summer here in Texas would be too hot. Planted out when temps were consistently under 85F it’s looking beautiful in my hugel inspired raised bed. Also, have 2 in large pots with turnips. Haven’t tasted them yet. Been saving a big harvest for Thanksgiving. Maybe have the family help pick a salad with some of these. Will grow again next year likely the same way.

  7. andra_27

    Every single seed that was planted germinated! grows very fast in my hot Houston weather. I even transplanted some since they were too close together and everything was fine even that they were a foot and a half tall already…I don’t even think they got stressed at all. I started them a month a half ago and don’t know if its too soon, but they are already putting out berries.

  8. letournelsoraya

    This Malabar spinach just flourished in my pot. I planted 2 seeds and it grew very tall and I picked it’s leaves consistently. Very happy with this seed packet.

  9. leeannh

    Wow! This Red Malabar Spinach will not fail you in how summer weather. I am growing this in Zone 9a in South Louisiana and when everything else starts dying from the very hot temperatures, this spinach just takes off….it’s like it is activated by the heat!
    Lots of seeds were produced that provided new “volunteer” seedlings on their own. I have replanted a lot of these in the garden and given a lot of these seedlings away. I discovered that if I cut the tips off of the growing bines, they root quickly in soil also.
    Delicious raw on a sandwich or terrific cooked as you would regular spinach….stews, soups, stir-fries, etc.

  10. simplyblogs

    We have trouble with regular spinach growing well but this has been great. It looks lovely climbing and we always have plenty for on sandwiches and in salad. We haven’t tried it cooked yet but we will be planting it again next year.

  11. candace.elder.8289

    Not sure if it’s an issie with seeds or soil, but have been growing this spina for about 2 months, and it’s only about 2 inches tall!

  12. josephonesta

    I’m in zone 6b. I love this spinach but it doesn’t really get going until later in the season when it gets hot. Low germination rate but I think it’s the temperature. I don’t have a heat pad though I use grow lights early in the season. The leaves are think and meaty and taste just like spinach. You need to cook it though. Perhaps the baby leaves might bee good in a salad but I prefer to wait until there’s enough to cook. Really delicious.

  13. tpbakery

    What a wonderful green to have in the heat. These things thrive in hot hot weather. Spinach taste with okra mouth feel.

  14. blazer4hire

    I seriously loved this plant! I loved having such an abundance of spinach tasting greens on hand during the summer. Even a few plants cover my trellis like a blanket and added such nice color and shade to the garden. When it goes to seed they make an interesting addition to a bouquet or even harvest them for flavorless food coloring. One warning is that they can be hard to germinate, I planted a large row and they didn’t grow but I dropped some in my pathways and it filled the trellis. Though the seeds that didn’t germinate may have washed into my paths.

  15. leela.dreamhome

    Zone 9b Central Valley California: Mild Winter/ Hot, Dry Summers
    Easy to grow. Stunning burgundy vines, and deep green, shiny leaves are beautiful on the trellis. Fleshy texture takes some getting used to, as does it’s sorta slimy nature (think okra or purselane), which is great for the digestive track. Beautiful little berries in the fall.

  16. Katie Volner

    I had excellent germination on these seeds. They grow fast and thrive in heat. I didn’t care for the flavor, but that is just personal preference.

  17. scenestra

    While I was sad to not get a plant to seed, they where nearly immortal otherwise! They survived the direct sun, the strangling shade, the hot the cold, and multiple transplants!

  18. kellymullen2012

    Just got these seeds this month! Came packaged well with plenty of information. Can’t wait to grow them!

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  20. asia.gregg

    Man these are fun, and beautiful! Hardy too. Excellent germination. Going to grow these again this year. They did great in full sun and part shade for me, and they lasted forever.

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  22. yorka8384

    If you have trouble growing spinach because it’s too hot and the spinach bolts too quickly, this is the perfect spinach replacement. It’s texture is similar to okra but it doesn’t bother me. I really like okra too. Plus it can be used like spinach in all kinds of recipes like smoothies or quiches, and even dehydrated and powdered. It is so easy to grow and I will keep this in my garden from now on. Perfect for hot and humid climates because it does so well when other things are struggling.

  23. grace.milanowski

    This was fun to grow! It was a good addition to salads when other greens can’t handle the heat

  24. awizard.amy

    Can’t wait to grow these!

  25. dependentongod4ever

    I’m in NE Ohio, zone 6a. I’m not a huge fan of growing lettuce and spinach, cause, to me, it always tastes like grass lol. That being said, I figure I’d try growing this spinach, since I never heard of a leafy green growing in the summer.
    It germinated pretty good. And once I got it started on my trellis, it took over and looked beautiful! It looks like it’s finally starting to flower, go to seed, or grow berries (not sure which…it’s beginning of September now), so I went ahead and picked all the leaves for dinner tonight.
    I decided to rip them up and mix them with some salad dressing. Don’t suggest it, unless you like slimy salad. It’s not my cup of tea, so I won’t be eating this spinach again lol. I’ll probably just toss the rest of the seeds out on the edge of our woods in the summer to allow to grow there and feed the wildlife.
    So, it was fun to try, and definitely adds a fun pop of color to a trellis, but it does end up having a slimy texture, so keep that in mind.
    Germination and growth, was good…so the quality of seed was perfect!

  26. corinnemnilsen

    Beautiful plant with nice succulent leaves!

  27. dragonlanceling

    A fun hot weather plant. No pest/disease problems that I noticed, attractive, & quite vigorous once well established. Also seems to share space well with plants that might otherwise shade out competitors; I have a few specimens using amaranth as a trellis & neither seems any worse for it.
    I found the leaves were good for thickening soup & for friends that need very soft food (they can be masticated uncooked/steamed with only gums) but I was not a fan of the texture myself (chewing raw produces an slightly slimy sensation).
    While I refuse to eat them I have zero regrets in growing them & I will probably grow them again next year for the consumption by my elderly neighbors & their potential as natural dye material.

  28. mythreelittlekitties

    It’s STILL growing!!

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