Growing Egyptian Spinach From Seeds

Updated: May 15, 2019

The quick and convenient guide to growing your Egyptian Spinach seeds!

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Growing Egyptian Spinach From Seeds

Egyptian spinach also known as molokhia has been cultivated for thousands of years and has been popular since the time of the Pharaohs. The Egyptian spinach plant is very fast growing and can be ready to harvest in about 60 days. If you do not harvest your Egyptian spinach it can reach highest of 6-7 feet. Egyptian spinach grows best in hot weather and produce through the entire summer. When temperatures begin to drop in the fall, your Egyptian spinach will begin to slow down and eventually the plant will bolt and produce beautiful bright yellow flowers. The flowers will turn into long, thin seed pods.

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Growing Your Egyptian Spinach From Seed In 4 Steps

1. Prep your planting space. Egyptian spinach prefers full sun, and plenty of water along with fertile, well-draining soil.

2. Egyptian spinach seeds can be sown directly in the ground in the spring after all chance of frost has passed, or you can start your seeds indoors about 6 weeks before the average last frost.

3. Because Egyptian spinach grows into large wide shrub shapes, you'll want to make sure you don't plant them too close together. 4. After your Egyptian spinach plant reaches about two feet in height, you can begin harvesting by cutting off the top 6 inches or so of growth. These are the most delicious parts of the plant, and they’ll be replaced quickly. You can harvest from your plant like this again and again over the course of the summer.

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