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Other Name: Vine Spinach/Pasala Keerai

Botanical Name: Basella Rubra

Family: Basellaceae

Native: India, South East Asia & Guinea


A fast-growing, soft-stemmed edible vine that can easily reach upto 30 feet in length given the right conditions. Easy to grow, this creeper thrives on tropical temperatures, high humidity and deep watering. Much of the water is stored in its thick, semi-succulent, heart-shaped leaves and stems which have a mucilaginous texture. Rich in vitamins A and C, iron and calcium, it has antioxidant properties and has been a traditional green in many tropical coastal cuisines. There are two varieties of Basella. This one has green leaves with red stems and is known as "Basella Rubra".


*All our plants are organically grown without the use of any chemical fertilizers, fungicides or pesticides.

**This rate is for a standard 1 liter potted plant. For larger sizes/plants please visit the plant nursery by Mandy's Farm

Malabar Spinach/Lal Pui Saag

  • GROWING: Re-pot in a larger container to increase root and foliage growth. Grow separately as this plant is quite demanding of soil/water resources. Trim off old, drying leaves from time to time.

    LIGHT: If growing indoors, place in a balcony or other bright spot with exposure to direct sunlight for at least eight hours daily. If growing outdoors, place in full sun.

    WATERING: Daily in every season. Allow soil to dry out completely between watering events. Never let its roots sit in stagnant water. If growing indoors, ensure that drip trays are emptied regularly.

    FERTILIZING: Our plants are sold in organically enriched, NPK+MagSulf strong, potting mixes that would need no additional soil amendments for at least one year. If re-potting/migrating to a larger container, we recommend the use of Mandy's Farm Basic Potting Mix or one similar to it.

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