Description For Malabar Spinach Seeds (Poi Saag)
How to grow Malabar Spinach from Seeds:Introduction and Uses: This plant comes with a mild, pleasant hint of spinach. It provides a good amount of vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and C, along with calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and sodium. It is chewed to relieve mouth ulcers. The cooked roots of Malabar Spinach are beneficial to curb diarrhoea, while the leaves and stems are cooked when a mild, effective laxative is required. Currently, it is examined if Malabar spinach could provide a remedy for infertility.
Botanical Name: Basella alba
Sowing Season: Throughout the year. Best grown in summer.
Sowing method: Sow the seeds directly in raised beds or containers.
Sowing container: Use a shallow container with a minimum depth of 5 inches & bigger spread area (according to available space & requirement) like trays or crates.
Sowing medium: 2 part garden soil & 1 part any Organic Manure or 1 part garden soil, 1 part Coco Peat & 1 part Vermicompost.
Steps for seed sowing (Seed starting) in a container:
Growth stages of Malabar Spinach Plant:Germination: Seeds will germinate within first six days or even much earlier & tiny seedlings will be visible with first leaves.
How to take care for Malabar Spinach Plant:Sunlight: Malabar Spinach requires partial sunlight (3-4 hours) in summer & it can withstand full sunlight in winters. So place your containers accordingly.
Watering: Water your Malabar Spinach container / raised bed every day in the form of a light shower with a watering can. Sprinklers can be placed outdoors.
Manuring: As mentioned earlier, add good quality organic manure in the soil with 2:1 ratio before sowing seeds. organic fertilizer can be well rotten cow dung manure, farmyard manure, compost or vermicompost.
Plant care: Always look for the early signs of any insect/fungal/ any other infections. Spray appropriate medicines as soon as any symptoms of such diseases are spotted.
Microgreens: If you plan to grow microgreens Malabar Spinach. Grow it indoors in flat containers. Sow-scatter the seeds in a crowded manner. You can harvest it in 10-15 days by uprooting the baby plants.
Harvesting: About 30-40 days after sowing, Malabar Spinach can be harvested by cutting the mature leaves using a scissor and leaving the tender growing base of the plant for the next harvest. You can keep harvesting Malabar Spinach as long as the plant survives.
|No.of Seeds||Approx. 194 to 216 Seeds in 8 gm, 2430 to 2700 Seeds in 100 gm, 5400 to 6750 Seeds in 250 gm|
|Net Weight||8 gm to 250 gm|
|Seed Rate||25 to 30 Kg/Ha|
|Spacing (Row to Row X Plant to Plant)||15 cm x 20 cm|
|Germination Time||6 to 8 days from sowing.|
|Fertilizer||Vegetable Mix 5 g Per Plant | Organic - Neemcake or vermicompost 10 g Per Plant|
|Season of Sowing||All year Round|
|Yield||10 to 15 ton/Ha|
|Product Weight||Under 10 g to 250 g|
|Product Height||15 cm|
|Product Width||10 cm|
|Product Depth||1 cm|
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