Does somebody knows how to grow water chestnuts?
They look pretty interesting.
And how big is the harvest from it?
For a source of plant material I suggest just going to pick some up from a local Asian market when they have fresh ones. Straight from the produce department to the garden!
I've seen fresh corms in the produce section of whole foods and other organic grocery stores. If you start them in a warm spot inside to get them going, it would likely shave off a month or more of the necessary growing season.
I'd like to try this next year using some shallow lined ponds in between deeper ponds for fish and other creatures.
(I am probably crazy, but in my book an envasive food item is to me one I need to expend zero effort to grow, and some amount of pre-planning to keep it contained. In this case I might just try filling a kiddie pool with sand, and then flooding said kiddie pool.)
stick them straight in a container of soil about 6 to 9 inches deep the immerse the container under water about 4 to 6 inches in spring time at the end of summer the reed tops will brown off and you can then harvest.
Once they are immersed, are they kept in water till harvest? If so, what about devoting a small shallow pond with a soil bottom to them?
i am definitely planting some of these in my ponds next spring (once those get installed!) WC's are a fav and i see they can grow in zone 7 ,great!
Denise Lehtinen wrote:I don't know how to grow water chestnuts, but I have heard that they are an envasive species here in Florida.
that is probably the non-edible type which also plagues many other states waterways... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiWStPVbP88
It looks like I will officially be living on the land we purchased this summer by mid-December. Then I'll have a break from construction of people shelter and can begin to work on soil (and pond) prep. I'm thinking I will pick up one of those large fiberglass bathtubs (used) to use as a pond. Should be about right for water chestnuts.
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