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Caucasian spinach vine as house plant?

 
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I have some seeds of Hablitzia tamnoides and thought it might be worth trying to grow it as a house plant, either in a hanging pot with the vines hanging down, or in a pot on the floor with a trellis for it to climb.  I love the idea of an edible, shade loving house plant.  Has anyone tried this?  Is the plant toxic to cats at all?

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I am in zone 7, Tennessee, I was wondering if Caucasian spinach would grow on my area? I read that it is up to zone 6, thanks
 
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Errol Anderson wrote:I am in zone 7, Tennessee, I was wondering if Caucasian spinach would grow on my area? I read that it is up to zone 6, thanks



It does fine up here in zone 5 Maine, so zone 7 should be a piece of cake Errol.

I've never tried it as a house plant though I'm very interested in edible house plants, so I'm hoping to find out if this one is an option.  I overwinter some plants in my unheated sunroom so having edible house plants that can handle dips below freezing is a criteria for me.  
 
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I'm in zone 9 and it copes here so long as it has shade.
 
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Thanks Greg,
 
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Thank you burra, I thought it might be to warm here but I'm going to try it since I'm trying to get more perennial edible plants for the Permaculture garden
 
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I have never tasted it, is it good? I grew Malabar spinach once, and I don't know if it was the climate I was growing it in (desert) or the plant itself, but it had a sticky funky texture, and I wasn't inclined to eat it. So the Caucasian Spinach I'd love data on the taste before I try it.
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Pearl Sutton wrote:I have never tasted it, is it good? I grew Malabar spinach once, and I don't know if it was the climate I was growing it in (desert) or the plant itself, but it had a sticky funky texture, and I wasn't inclined to eat it. So the Caucasian Spinach I'd love data on the taste before I try it.
:D



I love Red Malabar Spinach for its gorgeous coloration, vigor, and bright red-violet berries.  I like it ok because it is edible.  I dislike it because it is slimy and every single dish I put it in becomes "Malabar spinach and friends" because its unpalatable taste is so overpowering.
 
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