This guide provides everything you need to know about growing climbing spinach (Malabar) plants, from sun requirements to fertilizing to harvesting.

Climbing Spinach is also known as Malabar and Ceylon Spinach.

Soil

What soil is good for Spinach Climbing (Malabar)?

Well draining soil with plenty of compost mixed in. 

Position

How much sun does Spinach Climbing (Malabar) need?

Full Sun

Frost Tolerant

Is Spinach Climbing (Malabar) frost tolerant?

No

Spacing

How much space does Spinach Climbing (Malabar) need?

 Around 40cm apart, will need a trellis to climb up. 

Planting

When should I plant Spinach Climbing (Malabar)?

Malabar/Ceylon Spinach is a warm season crop, best planted in spring to grow right throughout the summer months. 

Seeds can be sown indoors in late winter and planted out in spring once the danger of frost has passed. Seeds can also be direct sown in spring once temperatures have warmed to roughly 20°C (68°F)

If transplanting, plant out in the early morning or evening and/or on an overcast day. Avoid planting at peak sun times or on windy days, this will allow your plants to settle in comfortably and protect them from windburn and sunburn. 

Feeding

What do I feed Spinach Climbing (Malabar)?

Apply an organic fertiliser throughout the season.

Harvesting

When can I harvest Spinach Climbing (Malabar)?

Harvest leaves and shoots as needed. Pinch off flower buds as they form to extend the harvest. 

Pests

What pests does Spinach Climbing (Malabar) get?

Aphids, Slug, Snail, Root Knot Nematodes, Cutworm 

Diseases

What diseases does Spinach Climbing (Malabar) get?

Cercospora Beticola Fungus

Notes

Is there anything else I need to know about Spinach Climbing (Malabar)?

Will need a large trellis for support. Produces a large number of purple berries, which will re-seed if allowed to fall in the garden. 

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