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K ud zu? We have tried and tried to get seeds to grow, but having no success. The plants will grow, but only live a short while.
I have black bamboo, verigated bamboo, among others. I also have numerous types of heirloom corn seed.
I have a special place for this ku d zu. it will be fenced in, and any stray vines will be eaten by goats, chickens and horses.
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Where are you that you can't go dig up a good piece of root in a vacant lot? And this isn't the right time for a cutting, going into the cold weather. If you drive past some k#$%u this winter, get yourself a root cutting and keep it dormant in a pot until spring and wait for it to take off.
 
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Isn't kudzu horribly invasive?

Is there a less nasty plant that would fill the same niche for you.
 
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Michael Cox wrote:Isn't kudzu horribly invasive?

Is there a less nasty plant that would fill the same niche for you.



It is kind of binary--it either won't grow at all or it is horribly invasive. Kind of like running bamboo except it will climb over any barrier.
 
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I am open to suggestions, but from what we have read, kudzu can fill almost any self sufficient need. We are in S.E. Ok, the nearest I have seen is on the bridge to texas.
I do not go that way any longer. Thanks for all of the replies, Randy
 
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Yes, it can be a WONDERFUL plant, but it is kind of like heating your house with an open fire and no hearth--if you don't keep ever vigilant it will burn you.

You might be too dry for it to work other than in a swale or pond bank--which is a good thing in my opinion.

Bamboo and kudzu would provide almost all the building material you could need. Add a coppicing species for firewood and you are pretty much covered.
 
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Michael Cox wrote:Isn't kudzu horribly invasive?

Is there a less nasty plant that would fill the same niche for you.



It's not a nasty plant and it's not invasive. There is no place so overrun with kudzu that it can't be cleaned of the last sprouting vine by a herd of hungry goats.
 
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Hi Randy,

I am in Central Va. We have it on our property, keeping it in check. We too, find it a beneficial plant in our layout; and, we have goats. If you are still at a loss come spring, contact me and I will get you some.
 
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Kudzu is a weed but in some regions it is difficult to grow (I tried that once). Now unfortunately it is forbidden to sell kudzu plants in Australia and I would love to have some! As with any root plants bigger than say a parsnip, it is better to plant them in an old barrel or a raised bed anyway so you can tip them out at the end of the season and harvest easy.
- Who has kudzu in Australia? -
 
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Still looking, thanks
 
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you can buy seeds for it online
 
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We tried seeds, many times. They are extremely hard to propagate.

Still looking.
 
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did you scarify the seed when you planted them?
 
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Yes, I did scarify the seeds; the seedlings did grow for about 2 weeks, then died every single time we tried.
We've had the same exact results every time we try to grow Moringa Oleifera (barring one that grew tall enough to hit the ceiling before it died.)
 
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That is very strange. I am growing Moringa Oleifera from seed and some of the seeds took over a month to germinate but I have had 100 percent germination and all my plants have survived for many months. I just ordered the seeds from amazon and they have grown easily even though it is really too cool for them to grow where I live.

what exactly do you do when you try and grow them from seed and do you have this problem with any other types of plants you are trying to grow from seed?
 
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these are the Moringa seeds I got that are all growing perfectly well despite less than optimal conditions.

http://smile.amazon.com/dp/B004NKXZUK/
 
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I'll let my daughter answer this, as she is my gardner. She may have inherited my brown thumb.
 
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