Plant Care Malabar spinach

Malabar spinach

About Malabar spinach

Malabar Spinach is a vigorous climbing vine native to tropical regions in Asia. It can grow to a six-foot vine, but can often reach 30 feet in length. It needs a well-drained moisture-retentive soil rich in organic matter and a warm sunny sheltered position. It tolerates high rainfall and fairly poor soils but does better in rich soils.


Basella alba

Also known as

Vine spinach and Ceylon spinach

How to care for Malabar spinach


How often to water your Malabar spinach

Water needs for Malabar spinach
0.5 cups
every 9

Malabar spinach needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Malabar spinach

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Malabar spinach in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Malabar spinach: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Malabar spinach love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Malabar spinach does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Malabar spinach in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Malabar spinach

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Malabar spinach: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Malabar spinach after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Malabar spinach is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Malabar spinach

Malabar spinach

Malabar spinach

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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