Start this one indoors in the north. Transplant to a place where it can climb. The large, meaty leaves are remarkably spinach-like in flavor. In fact, Basella Rubra, this plant, is used very effectively in the agricultural display at Epcot center. 100 seeds
Indoors- 6 weeks before last frost 1/2” deep with soil temperature 65-75 degrees. Soak seeds 24 hours to add in germination which can take up to 3 weeks. Transplant 2-3 weeks after last frost.
Harvest- Pick leaves and use like spinach.
Tips- Loves the heat but requires constant moisture (mulch well) and 80 degrees plus for superb growth. Supply a trellis for this climbing vine.
The large, meaty leaves are remarkably spinach-like in flavor. The deep red stems of this vine provide a beautiful back drop in the garden. In fact, Basella Alba, this plant, is used very effectively in the agricultural display at Epcot center.