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Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. ~Robert Louis Stevenson

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Sunday, 2 November 2014

What's Growing - Malabar Spinach

My gardening adventures, has always been a mixed bag of activities, a bag, that I like quite a lot and do like sharing here as well, and quite proudly. While I vie to make my garden beautiful in terms visual beauty, my mother has been towards functionality. While I get flowering plants and seeds, she's been trying whatever eatables she could plant. A couple of weeks back, I posted about the brinjals/aubergines/eggplants for which she asked me to get the saplings of, we planted the plants and after a couple of months, we were able to harvest a good produce from around half a dozen brinjal plants. The scarcity in rainfall did have a serious impact on the produce, and the plants, were quite unable to produce to their full potential. Since then we have harvested some really hot green chillies as well, again from a couple of plants in some pots. I bought lotus seeds, planted them and have got the plants now.
My mother, a couple of months back, had bought some Malabar spinach as vegetable from the market. She decided to have a few stems planted in one of the pots, to see if it really becomes a plant, and to our luck, one of those stems did grow to become a plant. Malabar spinach is a leafy plant, leaves and stems of which are consumed as vegetable. The leaves of the plant are particularly thick and have a typical gloss which makes the leaves quite showy in the green colour. I decided to find some nutritional information from sources like Wikipedia, as I normally do in posts featuring most of the edible plants, we grow. Here's some information about the Malabar spinach.

Common Name: Malabar Spinach, Poi/Pui, Indian Spinach, Ceylon Spinach
Botanical Name: Basella Alba
Type of plant: Vine, creeper.
Native of: Known as a native of Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia and New Guinea. It is known to have been naturalized in a number of other countries, primarily because it is used as a vegetable.
Sunlight: Loves full sunlight.
Colours: Foliage - Light to dark green. Blooms - white to purplish.
Soil Conditions: Isn't very fussy when it comes to soil conditions. But does best in fertile soils with good amount of moisture and organic contents (humus).
Propagation: Stem cuttings, seeds.
Varieties: Apart from the green one featured here.


Minerals
Calcium, Ca
109 mg
Iron, Fe
1.2 mg
Magnesium, Mg
65 mg
Phosphorus, P
52 mg
Potassium, K
510 mg
Sodium, Na
24 mg
Zinc, Zn
0.43 mg
Copper, Cu
0.107 mg
Manganese, Mn
0.735 mg
Selenium, Se
0.8 µg
Vitamins
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
102 mg
Thiamin
0.05 mg
Riboflavin
0.155 mg
Niacin
0.5 mg
Pantothenic acid
0.053 mg
Vitamin B-6
0.24 mg
Folate, total
140 µg
Folic acid
0 µg
Folate, food
140 µg
Folate, DFE
140 µg
Vitamin B-12
0 µg
Vitamin A, RAE
400 µg
Retinol
0 µg
Vitamin A, IU
8000 IU
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
0 µg
Vitamin D
0 IU
Metro Greens: Malabar Spinach
The small plant that grew from the small stem that my mother planted
Metro Greens: Malabar Spinach
The small plant started to grow bigger.
Metro Greens: Malabar Spinach
The growing malabar spinach vine. Notice the shine on the leaves.
Metro Greens: Malabar Spinach
The growing malabar spinach vine. Notice the shine on the leaves.

The plant, infact, the vine, which has grown from a small plastic pot to become a more than 12 feet long vine has now reached the blooming stage, with the plant bearing quite a lot of buds. I think, I'll let it bloom and bear fruits, to try planting the seeds from the next year. Since this vine is really easy to plant and needs absolutely no care and growing so big in a small pot like that, I can say that it doesn't need lots of space as well.
Metro Greens: Malabar Spinach
The growing malabar spinach vine. Here are the small buds that I noticed a few days back.
Metro Greens: Malabar Spinach
Here's small buds that I captured with my cellphone camera today, afternoon.
Metro Greens: Malabar Spinach
Here's small buds that I captured with my cellphone camera today, in the afternoon.
Metro Greens: Malabar Spinach
Here's small buds that I captured with my cellphone camera today, in the afternoon.
In the upcoming posts, I have a lot of options to share with you. My chrysanthemum plants have started bearing buds, with all the plants now featuring small buds, which, I think will give me blooms in the upcoming week or so. Then I am yet to share the lotus plants which now have small round leaves typical to lotuses. Then I'll be having this Malabar spinach vine blooming by the next week. I'll be back with something from these in the upcoming week. Till then keep trying and HAPPY GARDENING!

1 comment:

  1. The post is very interesting...I am also very fond of gardening and love to plant different kinds of plants of flowers and fruits....thank u so much for sharing your thoughts.............

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