Molokhia, or also more commonly known as Egyptian spinach, is a tasty edible green that grows very quickly and easily! Popular in Egyptian cuisine, the molokhia plant is usually ready for harvest after 60 days, and, if uncut, can grow as high as 6 feet tall. Egyptian spinach prefers hot weather so it’s best to grow this plant in a warm spring or summer. Keep reading to find out how to grow Egyptian spinach, also known as molokhia!
How to Grow Egyptian Spinach
Planting Egyptian Spinach:
- Sow seeds directly into the ground in the spring after all chance of frost has passed.
- You can also start seeds indoors about 6 weeks before the last average frost.
- Plan to plant in full sun with fertile, well-draining soil.
- Don’t plant too close together as molokhia plants grow outwards into a shrub shape so they’ll need their space.
- Once the plant reaches about 2 feet in height, you can start to harvest by cutting off the top 6 inches or so of growth.
- Whatever was cut down, WILL grow back again, so expect more Egyptian spinach!
- Water regularly and keep soil moist.
Harvesting Egyptian Spinach Seeds:
- Once temperatures drop in the fall, leaf production will begin to slow and the plant will bolt.
- It will produce small, bright yellow flowers.
- The flowers will then be replaced by long, thin seed pods that can be harvested once they naturally dry.
So now that you know how to grow molokhia, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to planting!
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