Spinach (Climbing) Growing Guide

Basella alba

Spinach (Climbing)

Crop Rotation Group



Any average, well drained soil.


Full sun to partial afternoon shade.

Frost tolerant

Climbing spinach is a tropical plant that tolerates neither frost nor cold soil.


Mix in a balanced organic fertiliser when preparing the planting site.


Climbing spinach is a vigorous climbing plant that needs a trellis or other support. It will quickly overtake other plants.


Single Plants: 30cm (11") each way (minimum)
Rows: 25cm (9") with 35cm (1' 1") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Plant seeds in spring, after the soil has warmed. In cool climates, you can give plants a two-week head start indoors. After the first season, look for volunteer seedlings and move them to where you want them to grow.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Climbing spinach is highly ornamental, and is easily trained up a trellis. Some varieties have red stems. Climbing spinach is typically grown on a tower, fence or tepee style trellis. Four trellised plants will occupy a space 18 inches (45 cm) square at maturity.


Clip leaves as you need them in the kitchen. When lightly steamed or stir-fried, the leaves resemble a cross between spinach and chard.


In the fall, gather up dead plants and compost them to limit reseeding in the garden. In some climates, climbing spinach can become weedy.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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