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Egyptian Spinach in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Corchorus Olitorius

 

Egyptian Spinach

MolokhiaIt has a cultivation history back to the times of the Pharaohs, and is still a popular vegetable in Egyptian cookery..It is very fast growing, usually ready to harvest about 60 days after planting. If uncut, it can reach as tall as 6 feet in height. It likes hot weather and produces its leafy greens throughout the Summer. Leaf production slows in fall as temperatures begin to drop, and then small yellow flowers appear, followed by long, thin seed pods that can be harvested when they naturally dry and brown on the stem.

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plant Features
  • Egyptian Spinach likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Egyptian Spinach likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Egyptian Spinach is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Egyptian Spinach likes free draining

    Free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Egyptian Spinach

Latin name

Corchorus Olitorius

type

Herbacious Annual or perennial

family

Malvaceae

ph

6.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Egyptian Spinach likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Egyptian Spinach is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Egyptian Spinach likes free draining

    Free draining

  • Water

    Egyptian Spinach likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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    When to harvest

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Egyptian Spinach is 0.25meters x 2.00meters 0.25 M 2.00 M

Corchorus Olitorius

MolokhiaIt has a cultivation history back to the times of the Pharaohs, and is still a popular vegetable in Egyptian cookery..It is very fast growing, usually ready to harvest about 60 days after planting. If uncut, it can reach as tall as 6 feet in height. It likes hot weather and produces its leafy greens throughout the Summer. Leaf production slows in fall as temperatures begin to drop, and then small yellow flowers appear, followed by long, thin seed pods that can be harvested when they naturally dry and brown on the stem.


Propagating by seed

From Early Spring TO Mid Spring

Sow seed in situ, preferably, in Spring, when the soil is warm. Molokhia plants grow quickly and are ready for a first cutting in about 60-70 days. If sown in succession, whole plants can be harvested, otherwise, just pick a few leaves per plant.

 

Planting

From Mid Spring TO Late Spring

Plant out to a sunny site when the seedlings are large enough to handle, and after all danger of frost. The soil needs to be slightly acidic, or neutral, or slightly alkaline, and it needs to be fertile and free-draining..

 
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