Edible Christmas Tree

Mark

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Here's my edible Christmas tree made from climbing spinach (Basella alba) or some other common names are Malabar spinach and Ceylon spinach.

It took about 6 weeks for the vines to fully cover the 2 m high tipi structure I made from hardwood sticks and garden twine. This structure could easily be adapted to a large pot with steel or bamboo stakes and placed near a sunny window where it would grow well. Climbing spinach is well adapted to growing in part shade and does well indoors.

The small leaves are good in salads and the larger leaves can be cooked up and used in a variety of recipes just like regular spinach. It's also a super food and great in healthy shakes or smoothies!

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The flowers are quite ornamental!
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Tim C

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Gee Mark- that Malabar has grown incredibly fast! My few have only just started to climb. Yes it's quite an attractive plant. We've had a break in the hot weather here- about 30C now. Christmas day in Adelaide with the rellies it was only 24C- We had 4 generations there.
 

Mark

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May 27, 2012
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Bellmere, QLD
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Gee Mark- that Malabar has grown incredibly fast! My few have only just started to climb. Yes it's quite an attractive plant. We've had a break in the hot weather here- about 30C now. Christmas day in Adelaide with the rellies it was only 24C- We had 4 generations there.
It's cooled down here too (it was around 18C) and the rain has set in for a few days so the Malabar is loving it!