How to Grow Ceylon Spinach from Seed

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by admin on October 16, 2012

Ceylon Spinach

Ceylon Spinach, which is also known as Malabar Greens, is recognized as an easily grown vine from tropical Asia and Africa. It has the ability to grow well in warm environments. The shoots and leaves of Ceylon Spinach taste similar to ordinary spinach. They can be harvested regularly and can be eaten raw or cooked. Ceylon Spinach is a popular plant among gardeners because it requires less amount of space for its growth.

You can purchase Ceylon Spinach seeds from your local store at an affordable price. The plants do not have the ability to reseed at freezing temperatures, so you should pay some attention towards the climate before you pay. You need to select a place with full sun as the planting site. Rich, sandy loam provides the nutrients and good drainage that Ceylon Spinach seeds prefer to have. The pH value of the soil should be between 4.3 and 7. Therefore you need to add powdered limestone to soil and raise the pH value, depending on the situation.

Ceylon Spinach

After creating the bed, you can plant the Ceylon spinach seeds. You need to plant the seeds during daytime, where the temperature is above 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Before planting the seeds, you need to soak them in water for a full day. Keeping it in water for 2 hours will soften the shell and it will assist the plant to grow with less hassle. You can plant the Ceylon Spinach seeds into the bed as soon as you take it out from water. You need to plant them to a depth of 1 inch. You don’t need to consider much about the gap between seeds as they are vines. However, if you are planting them in a row, you need to keep a gap of at least 2 feet apart between the rows. The seedlings should sprout from Ceylon Spinach seeds within two weeks after the date of plantation.

Then you can assist the growth of vain by making necessary arrangements to protect it from wind. You need to provide one to two inches of water per week throughout the growing process. It will keep the soil moist and plant will get the opportunity to grow healthily. You can easily propagate this plant through stem-cuttings.

The leaves of fully grown plants have a heart shape. The fruits will be purple in color. When you see these features in the plant, you can go for the harvesting process. The leaves can be eaten in its raw format as well as cooked. They are rich in nutrition; so, many medical experts recommend it for the people as a nutritious food.

 

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