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.


What soil is good for Climbing Spinach (Malabar)?

Climbing Spinach prefers well draining soil with plenty of compost mixed in. 


How much sun does Climbing Spinach (Malabar) need?

Plant Climbing Spinach in a full sun position. 

Frost Tolerant

Is Climbing Spinach (Malabar) frost tolerant?

No, Climbing Spinach is not frost tolerant. 


How much space does Climbing Spinach (Malabar) need?

Plant Climbing Spinach around 40cm apart, will need a trellis to climb up. 


When should I plant Climbing Spinach (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. 


What do I feed Climbing Spinach (Malabar)?

Apply an organic fertiliser throughout the season.


When can I harvest Climbing Spinach (Malabar)?

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


What pests does Climbing Spinach (Malabar) get?

Pests that affect Climbing Spinach include: Aphids, Slug, Snail, Root Knot Nematodes, Cutworm. 


What diseases does Climbing Spinach (Malabar) get?

Diseases that affect Climbing Spinach include: Cercospora Beticola Fungus. 


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

Climbing Spinach 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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