Malabar is a vigorous climbing vine in warm climates. This vegetable is very popular in tropical and subtropical areas. Young leaves and tips are used like spinach in cooking and salad. Seeds are sown in spring and early summer. Seeds have hard coating and it is suggested to soak seeds in water overnight or the seed skin be scrached before planting. This treatment will improve the moisture absorbing process and germination. The seed germination rate could be relatively low and it is suggested to sow slightly more seeds for obtaining enough plants. The plant is almost insect-free and is very easy to grow. Harvest by cutting the young leaves and tips for vegetable use, but keep 2-3 leaves on the branches for subsequent new branches to grow.
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