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Aug 28, 2019 1:38 AM CST
Seattle
Hello all...So I purchased a mix of red and green malabar spinach (first attempt, seeds never got here second attempt doesn't look promising) from China and the seeds dont look anything like the images that I can dig up for malabar spinach. Small round seeds mixed with larger twin spiked seed. Only a 50% germination rate on spiked seeds only. Sprouts are spindly with white stems and narrow leaves. What are they? Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Aug 28, 2019 11:43 AM CST
Name: Janine
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Tetragonia tetragonoides/New Zealand Spinach, perhaps
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Aug 29, 2019 2:40 AM CST
Seattle
janinilulu said:Tetragonia tetragonoides/New Zealand Spinach, perhaps

Him, maybe this isn't so bad...When I lived in Hawaii, a neighbor gave me seeds to plant and called it Chinese spinach. I have been searching for this continuously producing plant and the closest I've found in the looks department was basella alba (green malabar spinach). However, the plant never produced the small, white, bulb-like flowers or dark berries. The stem on malabar seems thinner and this plant had a tendency to creep, not climb. Having a fleshy stem it produced small yellow flowers and had hard (nearly tooth shattering) spikey seeds that would grow in the nooks of the shoots and leaves. Though the pictures of New Zealand spinach seem to have fuzzy, triangular leaves, the flowers look similar. Does this Genus have a species with rounded leaves similar to malabar spinach?
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