Plant Care Chinese Spinach

Chinese Spinach

Also known as

red spinach, red spinach, red spinach, Chinese spinach, spleen amaranth, hon-toi-moi, yin choy, hsien tsai and Arai keerai


Amaranthus tortuosus

How to care for Chinese Spinach


How often to water your Chinese Spinach

Water needs for Chinese Spinach
0.5 cups
every 9

Chinese 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.

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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Check the growing potential in your area

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 red spinach in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Chinese Spinach: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Chinese Spinach love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Chinese Spinach does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Chinese Spinach

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Chinese 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 Chinese Spinach after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs

Care Summary for Chinese Spinach

Chinese 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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