Herba Stella Plantago Coronopus Minutina Plantain Seeds

Herba Stella Plantago Coronopus Minutina Plantain Seeds

Packet of 100+ organically grown seeds!

This is another Plantago or Plantain species, and as you many know they are a real favourite of mine.
This one is a highly selected domesticated form and far less wild than some of my others.(link to the rest at the bottom of this text)

It is just as hardy, but it gets really lush and is very very productive.
The plants have a central heart of sorts, with the leaves radiating out from the middle.
You can harvest the outer 20% or a really big handful from each plant, every week, pretty much indefinitely.

If you have a few plants then that is more than enough to keep you going.
After a while the plants rise up a little and the stem lifts off the ground.
When that happens just pull them up, dig the hole a little deeper and replant them.
This kicks their growth off again and they send out a heap of new suckers and side shoots.
If you don’t do this they will flower and set seed which isn’t a big deal, just means they put a bit of energy into that and leaf production slows for a while.

The leaves themselves are ok raw, kinda grassy, very mildly bitter, but nowhere as bitter as a lettuce heart or chicory.

They are loaded with fibre and they have long strings similar to the ones in celery.
Unlike celery the strings are thicker and not as tough, and they break up easily when you chew it, without getting stuck between your teeth.

Cooked it is like any other leafy green vegetable and we use it in pasta, stirfry, and as a substitution for spinach in ricotta pies.

Spinach is a lot harder to grow here as the bugs smash it and it needs a lot more watering, where as we have these guys in the bodgy aquaponics setup, in polystyrene boxes of potting mix floating on the dam, and just in pots of sandy soil and they thrive on the minimal TLC.

Known by a heaps of names all over the world, these are a few.
Arnoglossum subulatum, Asterogeum laciniatum, buck’s-horn plantain, buck’s horn plantain, buckhorn plantain, buckshorn plantain, Coronopus vulgaris, cut-leaf plantain, cut-leaved plantain, cutleaf plantain, cut leaf plantain, erba stella, herba stella, minutina, Plantago columnae, Plantago coronopifolia, Plantago coronopoda, Plantago coronopus subsp. commutata, Plantago coronopus subsp. coronopus, Plantago coronopus subsp. coronopus, Plantago filiformis, Plantago jacquinii, Plantago neglecta, Plantago stellaris, and the very appropriate star of the earth.

It is native to most of Europe, northern Africa, Pakistan and western Asia, and various forms of it are grown all over the world.
Some forms are quite aggressive and a couple have escaped into the wild here in OZ.
For this reason I can’t send these seeds to WA, TAS or VIC.

Never had this one get away from me and I have been growing it for years but please do keep that in mind.
It is quite different to the weedy wild forms and doesn’t set anywhere as many seeds despite it’s much bigger over all growth.
Because of this low seed set, and the fact we only ever grow a few plants at a time, I will only have a few packs of seeds here and there.
Make sure you put your email on the notify list if currently sold out as I grow a little bit all year round.

Anyway, there you have it another easy to grow, hardy and tasty, leafy green vegetable!
I grow lots of Plantago~Plantain species and the coloured text at the start of this sentence is a link to the rest.

Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!

NOT FOR WA, VIC, or TAS due to added expense and drama involved.
If you decide to buy anyway, despite me politely asking you not to, I will NOT be sending this item and you will receive a substitution of my choosing. 🙂

Citrullus Amarus Jam Melon Citron Olive Seeds

Citrullus Amarus Jam Melon Citron Olive Seeds

Packet of 10+ home grown seeds of this very handy species!

While many folks would say this is Citrullus lanantus, I have it on very good authority these are actually Citrullus amarus, a species that is hardly ever even mentioned here in Australia.

I am also told that recent DNA testing proves there are NO wild Citrullus lanatas, and all of the Afghan melons that have been given that name for decades by various government departments, are actually misidentified Citrullus amarus too.

The very pubescent(furry) immature fruit is another sign that they are not Citrullus lanatus which has immature fruit that are nearly always smooth.
Unlike true Citrullus lanatus, these guys start off really hairy like velvet, and as the fruit ages the hairs fall off and it gets the standard glossy waxy skin of a normal water melon.

Oh yeah, I better clarify before folks freak out about the name “Afghan melon”.
Here is Australia there are two species that share that common name, and they are both regularly called Paddy Melons too.

One of them is Cucumis myriocarpus.
It is the true Paddy melon and it is toxic.
It is very easy to identify as it has spiky fruit that look like floating sea mine, and distinctive seeds a lot like Rockmelons or Cucumbers.
They are oval, like a flat football and white or cream coloured.
They taste offensively inedibly bitter, and this is due to the huge amounts of toxic saponoids.
THIS IS NOT THAT PLANT!

The other plant was/is called Lanatus citrullus.
It is the true Afghan melon that was brought over by camel traders back in the day.
Some of the wild forms are bitter and mildly toxic and you find in the bush they should not be eaten, especially if bitter or soapy.
While they were brought over as a food and fodder the best tasting would have died out in the wild early on.
The more bitter and toxic they are, the more likely they are are to have survived generations of natural selection in bush, getting more and more toxic as a defense against grazing animals, which means it’s best not to eat them and stick to domesticated lines.
The bitter soapy bit is the Saponoids and they are not something you want in large amounts.
It was always considered to be just an undomesticated, no/low sugar form of the common supermarket watermelon.

When I just had another look a minute ago every government website and expert authority in the country still calls them that, but recent DNA testing shows that they are in fact Citrullus amarus.

I am certain that the various state and federal authorities will eventually update their information, but unfortunately they have not yet, and as such this correct botanic name is not on the permitted species list for WA and TAS either as no one really knew they existed here until recently.
Sorry folks, them’s the rules, completely out of my hands.

Anyway, I am selling a fully domesticated heirloom form of the Afghan melon, and it has a botanical name of Citrullus amarus.
This one has olive seeds and is not at all bitter or soapy and while I don’t have a lab to analysis it or anything, I strongly believe it is lacking the nasties the wilder forms often contain.
It is grown specifically for cooking, making jams, pickles, preserves, and for the edible high protein seeds.

I originally received the seeds in trade with a customer of ours and I have been growing heaps ever since.
They produce massive amounts of fruit from very little inputs and they are super hardy even the hottest driest summer days.

They are not sweet fruit like a supermarket watermelon, they really have no flavour to speak of at all?
Crispy bland juicy mush.
BUT, they are very nutritious and their crisp spongey flesh really soaks up whatever flavour you add them to.

You can use them as a vegetable in slow cooked stews and pressure cooker meals, and as a filler and thickening agent in jams and preserves.
Great way to stretch a handful of berries or a couple fruit, and the best way to think of it is like choko in an apple pie.
Without the apple and sugar it wouldn’t be great, but you don’t even notice its there as the other guys dominate the flavour and the extra texture makes it better still.

As most folks wouldn’t be aware of how to use them I added a couple basic recipes to get you started at the bottom.

As I was saying, they have been incorrectly identified here for decades, and over the years they have/are also been known as Citrullus caffer, Citrullus colocynthoides, Citrullus colocynthoides var. citroides, Citrullus lanatus var. caffer, Citrullus lanatus var. caffrorum, Citrullus lanatus var. citroide, Citrullus lanatus var. citroides, Citrullus vulgaris var. caffrorum, Citrullus vulgaris var. citroides, fodder melon, citron melon, jam melon, Kalahari melon, pie melon, preserving melon, stock melon, tsamma melon and this one in particular, the Olive Seeded Jam Melon.

It is originally from the Kalahari desert in Africa, and it has spread along the trade routes for centuries as an important food and fodder crop.
It was even grown in ancient Egypt more than four thousand years ago!

Recipes!

Melon and Ginger Jam
Ingredients
1 small to medium ~1.5kg whole jam melon.
500grams sugar.
100grams of native ginger(or about half that of the supermarket stuff).
1 whole lemon or lime.

Instructions
1. Peel the melon using a knife.
2. Cut into thin slices, squeeze roughly to pop out the seeds, then chop finely.(Save the seeds for the next recipe).
3. Finely slice or grate the ginger.
4. Mix the chopped melon flesh, grated ginger, and sugar together, then leave overnight to soften.
5. The next day chop the lemon into quarters and drop them in the pot, then simmer it all on a low-medium heat for ~1hr.
Remove the lemon pieces, then scoop the now finished jam into clean clean jars.
Lid them immediately while hot and they should last a couple years just wacked in a kitchen cupboard.

Great on toast or served with crackers with cheese.
If you don’t have access to Native Ginger you can substitute the supermarket stuff or even powder, but only add about half as much so the flavour isn’t too overwhelming.
If you want something a bit different try using Hot Chillies instead.
Awesome with roast meats and vegetables.

Salty Melon Seed Snacks
Ingredients
The seeds from 1 small to medium jam melon.
100ml of white vinegar.
2 heaped tablespoons salt.
Oil or fat for frying.

Instructions.
1. Add the seeds to the vinegar and salt, then leave in the fridge for 48hrs.
2. They will get lighter in colour and swell during that time. Drain the seeds and dry them well.
3. Shallow fry the seeds in a large pot of very hot oil or fat.
Use a lid and cook for a few minutes or until they all float and are a nice golden colour.
Some may pop like popcorn so be very careful!

Eat them whole shell and all like I do, or peel them first like sunflower seeds.
If you turn then sideward and bite gently, the seed shells split and the kernel falls out.
You can then just spit out the two neat halves of the shell.

Great with a beer or to snack on while doing boring paperwork.
They taste just like roasted almonds.
I often bring a bag full in my pocket to eat out in the scrub, kinda like trail mix.

NOT FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA or TASMANIA due to added expense and drama involved.

If you decide to try and buy anyway, this item will not be sent. 🙂

Oryza Sativa Forbidden Black Rice Seeds

Oryza Sativa Forbidden Black Rice Seeds

Packet of 20+ very rarely available home grown organic seeds!

I happy to send these seeds to anywhere internationally, or the Australian states of Queensland, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, Northern Territory and most of New South Wales.
I can’t sell to folks in the NSW Rice Biosecurity Zone as they worry that pollen from my black rice could cross pollinate with their fancy white rice and stuff up our huge multimillion dollar export industry.
That’s the towns of  Balranald,  Berrigan, Carrathool,  Edward River,  Federation, City of Griffith,  Hay, Leeton, Murray River,  Murrumbidgee,  Narrandera, or anywhere within ~150km of Hay in NSW.
This narrow band of production areas produces more rice per hectare than anywhere else in the world, and for that reason you can’t take non-licensed varieties into the exclusion zone.

So yeah, provided you don’t live in WA, TAS or within ~150km of Hay in NSW, then there are no dramas sending to you.

Everyone read that? Awesome, no need to email me and double check then, lets move on.

I have been growing this on a small scale for years now, just as a novelty and for protection of the species really.
It’s a bit scary the lack of diversity of genetics in our mainstream staple crops, and I strongly believe that backyard growers may one day be key to survival of both these awesome plant species, and our own.
Diversity of characteristics and genetics means a broader range of disease resistance and although there isn’t a “rice flu” or whatever now, if there ever is, having every farmer in the country growing exactly the same dozen or so hybrid cultivars that are all super similar is a real worry to me.

It is super rare, and when I was researching the legalities of sending it and growing in different areas I was surprised to hear that there are no large scale crops of this newly emerging and rediscovered “super food”.

Despite being one of the main rice producers in the world, ALL of Australia’s black or purple rice is imported, mostly from Thailand.
There are no commercial suppliers of this seed except for me, but I am really hoping that changes as the years go on.

After all, it is just better!

Back in the day this stuff was so prized that it was only permitted to be eaten by royalty.
If you were a commoner caught eating it the punishment was death!

Plump fat long grains, deep dark purple colour, and a fragrant nutty taste, this type is also super high in antioxidants and anthocyanin.
It has the highest anthocyanin content of any grain, and it has the same amount of fibre as normal brown rice, but without the course texture.

It’s popularity is growing every day with Chefs all over the country, not just because of the superior flavour, but the splash of bold colours really livens up the plate.

This is not the sticky glutenous Thai purple used for deserts and puddings, this is the real deal forbidden black originally from China, smuggled in by Chinese gold miners back in the day, and quietly handed around from generation to generation of Aussie gardeners ever since.
It can just be used the same as standard medium-long grain white rice you get in the supermarket.

It can be grown like any grass and the flooded paddies you see on TV is not needed at all.
That’s normally done as a water management thing, and to kill pest insects and weeds.
Rice can handle flooding where as most weeds can’t, but being a grass it really doesn’t need it, and will often perform better using standard irrigation methods.

I grow it in pots, and in polystyrene boxes full of potting mix floating on the dam.
I can’t just plant it out here in the rows or in unprotected areas as the roos smash it within a day.
If you live in a place with less critters and/or a decent fence, then just planted in rows it does great.
It does awesome in my aquaponics setup and a couple plants gets me a constant supply of grain.

Any missed or dropped seed reshoots around the base of the mother plants and as the last few finish up the next lot are getting ready to bear.

I love it because it’s rarely seen, it’s super easy to grow, and as a bit of a self-sufficiency nutter at heart in an apocalypse or SHTF situation I like the fact I could easily step up production if I ever had the need.
Grow some, it’s super cool, and super easy too!


NOT FOR WA, TAS, or anywhere within ~150km of Hay in NSW due to added expense and drama involved.
If you decide to buy anyway, despite me politely asking you not to, I will NOT be sending this item and you will receive a substitution of my choosing. 🙂

Sansevieria Trifasciata Mother In Laws Tongue Snake Plant Cuttings

Sansevieria Trifasciata Mother In Laws Tongue Snake Plant Cuttings

Great big packet of 6-10 leaf cuttings with a weight of 300grams-450grams!

These are really thick and curly. They must be sent as a Parcel, not a Large Letter.
The recent massive postal price increase is the reason why they are not cheap.
Please don’t “accidentally” choose the cheaper Australian parcel option if you actually need delivery outside Australia, as it is tedious and time consuming canceling your order.
Yes, I will notice, no, it isn’t clever or cute…

Everyone read that bit above?
Cool, that should save us both some time, lets move on.

It will be posted out as is in a large bubble mailer world wide except for the Australian states of WA and TAS where I am unable to send any cuttings.
Each cutting will be as big as I can possibly make it, but still able to fit in a <500gram sachet to keep the price nice and low.
This is around ~22cm x 34cm or ~8.5 x 12.5inches when sealed.

This species is a great choice as an indoor plant and is famed world wide for its negative-ion, and bio-remediation properties.
It pumps out huge amounts of these negative ions which is kind of like how a flocculant works with cloudy water.
Remember from school, cup of muddy water, add a drop of Alum, wait a couple minutes.
Like magic the water goes crystal clear, and all the mud binds together, sinking to the bottom.
Same deal.

Actually, this is a better way to describe it.
Imagine getting a large white tablecloth, then lightly sprinkle it evenly with iron fillings.
That represents the air, and as per normal there is a pretty even distribution of tiny little particles.
Zoomed out it looks white and clear, but up close it is full of stuff floating around.

These particles are filtered out of the air by hairs in your nose and the sticky lining of your throat.
Black boogers is caused by all that crap.
Unfortunately like everything, it doesn’t work 100% of the time, and some particles will always end up stuck to the cillia in your lungs.
If those particles are irritant they cause hayfever, sneazing etc.
If they are sharp and crystaline, pointy, shaped like glass, they can cause tiny little cuts and scaring.

If they are the really bad guys, hydrocarbons like toluene, ethylbenzene, or heavy metals like cadmium, mercury and lead, they can cause serious damage and are proven to greatly increase cancer risk along with doing other bad stuff like lowering intelligence and increasing the risk of birth defects.

Now if you get that same white table cloth, evenly cover it with iron filling, then chuck a few magnets on it, all the nearby particles stick together.
Large and heavy clumps no longer float, which means they settle as dust onto surfaces, instead of being breathed into your lungs.

Now it isn’t 100% either, but it is considerably cleaner as multiple studies over many decades conclusively show.
Even NASA has done extensive research into this species concluding plants are capable of absorbing huge amounts of carbon monoxide and lead from the atmosphere.

Various Japanese studies show it is capable of absorbing hazardous gases from the atmosphere, including but not limited to, chloroform, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, benzene, xylene, and in significant amounts too.
In Korea it is said to provide protective qualities against various forms of radiation, and in China it has duel uses, not only being a pollution protective plant, but also considered lucky.

This has massively increased demand, particularly in the industrialized and heavily polluted northern provinces.
Bit of a gold rush on at the moment and that is what I am hoping to take advantage of.

Being native to Africa, this is not a plant that should ever be planted directly outside into Australian gardens, particularly in warm climates.
In cold climates you shouldn’t as it will just die in winter.
In warm climates you shouldn’t as it is a major weed, and nearly impossible to kill once established.
Now it isn’t a prohibited or considered noxious weed in any state of Australia, but it is super hardy and aggressive and very very hard to get rid of because it spreads by leaf cuttings and under the ground by suckers, and it also makes a quite tuberous root too.

I moved into a rental years ago and it took me more than 6months to dig up and remove just a few solid metres of it.
The root mass was half a meter deep and it had completely overgrown a concrete footpath making access to the clothes line impossible.
That is an extreme example and I reckon it had been left to its own devices for decades before I moved in, but yeah, be sensible with this fella, and it you reckon you can’t, just choose something else.
I am selling these cuttings to be grown as potted plants ONLY.

Like every species this plant certainly has it’s uses, and in the right situation it is a fantastic choice.
That situation is in a pot of any size, either indoors or outdoors, as an ornamental and air purification species.

These cuttings grow super easy, just remove from the plastic bag and bury the bottom half in a pot of well draining sandy soil and water regularly.
Out of the big  the big bag of cuttings you are buying at least five of them should take and root with in a couple months, normally all of them do for me.

It is popular all over the world and as such its common names include abala, culebrilla, devil’s tongue, ebube agu, ede yoruba, espada de santa barbara, espada de sao jorge, guru, ho vi, huweilan, hyena, hyenas girdle, hyena’s girdle, isoanopinkiel, jinn’s tongue, langue a la belle-methe, lengua de vaca, lidah biawak, luoi cop, língua de sogra, majesty of the leopard, mep la vang, moodaa, mother-in-laws tongue, oja ikooka, oja oriko, okonooekpe, pacankoriko, pasa kilici, pasha’s sword, rabo de lagarto, Saint George’s sword, sansevieria, schweiermammszongen, skoonma-se-tong, snake plant, snake tongue, spider plant, svarmorstunga, svarmors tunga, svigermorstunge, sword of saint george, the fibre, tieng viet, tiger’s tail, tiger’s tail orchid, tora no o, vrouwentong, women’s tongue, and viper’s bowstring or bowstring hemp due to it’s traditional uses as a fibre crop, and for making, you guessed it, strings for bows..

It is also known by the synonums Sansevieria craigii, Sansevieria jacquinii,Sansevieria laurentii, Sansevieria laurentii, Sansevieria trifasciata, Sansevieria trifasciata var. laurentii, Sansevieria zeylanica, Sansevieria zeylanica var. laurentii and Sansewieria gwinejska and I have noticed several large Aussie chain stores selling it under these names now, I can only assume to avoid the dramas and emails selling “weeds” often causes.

Not that I can imagine you would, but please don’t be tempted to eat it as it contains saponins which are mildly toxic.
If your dog, cat, kids or doofus mates decide to try chewing on them it will make them quite sick and symptoms include drooling, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and ruptured red blood cells.
Ornamental plant folks, not a bloody salad…

Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chemicals, no nasties, no problems!!!

NOT FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA or TASMANIA due to added expense and drama involved.

If you decide to try and buy anyway, this item will not be sent. 🙂

Lemna Minor Common Duckweed Starter Culture

Lemna Minor Common Duckweed Starter Culture

~30 grams or ~1 ounce bag starter culture of this awesome Aussie aquatic species!

Known as Hydrophace minor, Lemna conjugata, Lemna minima, Lemna monorhiza, Lemna obcordata, Lemna ovata, Lemna palustris, Lemna rwandensis, Lemna vulgaris, Lenticula cyclostasa, Lenticula minima, Lenticula minor, Lenticula palustris, Lenticula vulgaris, Lenticularia monorhiza, Common Duckweed, Lesser Duckweed, Duckweed, Lemna minor or whatever you want to call it.

It is a small butterfly shaped plant the replicates rapidly and produces a mass of floating edible and nutritious plant matter.
Found a quote online a while back that said “In ideal conditions one duckweed plant can produce 17,500 more in just two weeks.” Amazing growth rate, but only once healthy and established in ideal conditions.

I love it in mashed potato or fritters, and the fish and chooks love it as is, or dried then mixed to make a meal or pellet.

It has a soft texture and tastes a lot like red lettuce, and it is gaining popularity in restaurants as a signature ingredient or as a garnish, especially in European and Asian countries.
Mostly because it looks pretty.

Not only is it great for us humans, its also proven itself time and time again as a cheap nutritious feed for goat, cattle, sheep, chicken, and surprise surprise, commercial duck production!

Our chooks and guinea pigs will eat as much as I can give them, so I have an IBC tank set up next to the cage, and each day when I lock them up, I skim a couple handfuls off the top of the water, and chuck in for them.
Everyday those couple handfuls are replaced as it grows so quickly, and as it forms a mat on the surface, it stops the mozzies breeding.
Great for cattle, horse, goat water troughs!

They are also invaluable for fish breeding and mosquito management of ponds dams and lakes, especially in commercial fish production settings.
It’s a great supplemental feed for the parent fish, and it shelters the fry from both the parents and bird attack.

My bodgy fish food recipe.
I make pellets or crumble by mixing sun dried powdered Azolla, Lemna and Wolffia with BSF(black soldier fly), Daphnia, Ostracods, Blow fly larvae, worms, meal worms, and/or whatever I can scrape up, and I use and egg or two as a binder.
Wack it through a hand crank meat mincer and lay the extrusion on a tray in the sun to dry and you get instant “worms”. Fish love this shape better than pellets in my experience, especially larger or wild caught stock.
Cut the “worms” up before you sun dry them and you get “pellets”.
I can do 2mm, 4mm, 6mm etc with my mincer just by changing the screens.
Rub the fully sun dried pellets through a strainer and you get “crumble”.
My spangled perch seem to do great off it, and as it is much fresher than the commercial stuff, I personally believe the nutritional benefits are higher.

Ecologically it is so much better than using “trash fish” and anchovies like the commercial feed companies do.
Fish farming has a great meat conversion rate compared to cattle or sheep etc, but it is still 100% reliant on the wild harvest and netting of huge numbers of fish.
Something many folks don’t understand.

Anyway, it’s also great for providing a habitat for frogs, which are in turn a great benefit as insect control!
Mozzies down at your dam? Just get some of this awesome stuff established!!!
Easy plant to grow but you must do as I suggest, if you want success.

Here is a step by step so you can’t really go wrong.

1. Right now, go acquire a clean container as large as is practical (using a couple polystyrene boxes from the supermarket is OK, but large 55lt+ plastic “roller boxes” from the $2 shop are much much better).
Fill 3/4 to the top with tap or rain water and sit it in a cool semi-shaded spot like on the balcony or beside the house..
You MUST let it sit for a while, at least a week if you are using town tap water as the chemicals used in some district can really be aggressive on damaged plant tissue.

That is their design as they are added to kill algae, which is a form of plant too.

I don’t recommend river or pond or creek water, only rain, or at worst aged tap water.
This is because some natural systems have mini critters that damage the root and central veins and connective tissue of the plant.
To the naked eye it looks “clean”, but it is very hard to establish a culture in water that contains these fellas.
Once you have a strong culture it isn’t an issue as the plants are plentiful and hardy, but if they are sick after the long journey, the extra stress of getting munched may just be too much for them.

NO FISH AND NO TADPOLES, yet!!!(same reasons)
You will no doubt FAIL, if you try to start a culture with these water fellas eating them faster than it can replicate in the beginning under high stress conditions. Trust me.

2. Anyways, now you are ready to rock, water is set up and aging.
Come and buy the “Lemna Minor Common Duckweed Starter Culture” from you favorite seed supplier, I recommend me…

3. When it arrives add 1 cup of water from the container and some air then seal it again and give it a good shake, then float the baggie of smelly plant matter in the water for half an hour to help acclimatize and rinse it.

4. Carefully pour off that bit of water that you added to the bag onto the garden or a pot plant with out letting the plant wash away. Using a fine mesh strainer helps.
This helps remove some of the bacteria that has built up over the long travel time.

5. Then add the now rinsed plant matter to the container.
It still may/will stink, quite a lot, and the plants may look very damaged and mostly dead at this stage.

This is absolutely, totally, 100%, normal.
Remember that lettuce you forgot about at the back of the fridge for a couple months, same theory.
Damaged and decomposing cells stink, just how it is.
BUT, the larger % of cells that are still alive will survive and thrive, once the dead cells are washed away it it is given a nice home and time to recover.

Trust me!

6. This is the hardest bit, so pay attention folks.

Don’t look at it, don’t stress about it, and ignore the horrible dark green colour the water goes over the next month or so.
If the water level drops to half full, just top it up again to 3-4 full.
That’s it, and if you do that, I pretty much guarantee success.

In just 6-8weeks, the water pH and nitrate levels will have stabilized, and the plant growth will be increasing at a very rapid rate.
After a few months there should be a nice little spreading patch on the waters surface

7. Once the surface is covered, 99% of the algae in the water will die from lack of light and the nutrients will be absorbed by the Lemna minor.

At this stage its growth is totally unstoppable and you can easily harvest a huge handful every week.

8. Ready to eat. Just use it like seaweed in riceballs, cooked in vegetable patties or a handfuls in salads just like you use cress or lettuce. Great stuff and a great match with mashed potato or starchy root crops. Not sure why but tastes fantastic!

This is also the stage you can start to use it to stock another pond, dam or water feature.
This is when you add it to your fish or tadpoles.

Just chuck a handful in every time you think of it and as long as you add it faster than the fish, birds and critters can eat it, and a little always survives to replicate, the culture will become the dominant plant life in the end.

Grown by us organically, no nasties, no chems, no problems!!!

NOT FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA or TASMANIA due to added expense and drama involved.

If you decide to try and buy anyway, this item will not be sent. 🙂

 

Wolffia Arrhiza Watermeal Duckweed Starter Culture

Wolffia Arrhiza Watermeal Duckweed Starter Culture

~15ml plastic tube containing a small amount of live aquatic plants.

Easy plant to grow once established, but can be really frustrating in the beginning and you may have no success. This is not quite as easy to get started as other plant cultures and I have really struggled in the past myself.
My only advice is preserver, keeping in mind when stressed it will drop to the bottom of the tank and go dormant.

This is sleep or hibernation,  NOT death.

It does this as a survival response and once that happens nothing much will happen until water conditions change, either by naturally stabilizing as beneficial bacteria clean up any death and rot.
When the water chemistry is physically changed by you or rain.
Or when temperatures cause it to come out of dormancy and resurface to begin reproduction again.

With me here it is normally the temperature and water condition changes associated with seasonal rains that kicks it into gear and once that rapid growth stage happens it is pretty much unstoppable.

In my experience the Wolffia Arrhiza does much better when grown together with other water plants, but it is eaten by everything with a mouth, so plant life ONLY to begin with.

Due to my own recent struggles I am adding this disclaimer.

Wolffia is very hard to grow at times, and sometimes it doesn’t work.
There is no guarantee, and there will be NO refunds or replacements on this item.

It will smell bad when opened on arrival, this is unavoidable and normal.
It will stink like a rotten lettuce you just found at the back of the fridge, because that is pretty much what happens to a % of the cells in the tube. Not all, or even most, but it only takes a little bit of death for a lot of smell. Dead mouse smells a lot worse than a live elephant after all, that sort of a theory.

Rinse it really well in a very fine strainer, or through fine cloth being careful not to lose any live cells, then place into clean water.
In a day or two the smell will be gone.

It will look like the second picture not the first and please note it is a gamble, understand that before purchasing.
Sending to friends in Australia I have had about 8 out of 10 say it should live, 2 folks said it got cooked on the journey and looks dead.
Sending overseas so far it looks like about 50% survival rate. Early days so both figures may change, but yeah, like I say, it is a gamble.
*Edit* After many many years of sales I would say those initial figures are still pretty spot on.

Normally it does work, and it is most often a critical mass issue. The more Wolffia in the ecosystem you start with, the greater the chances of success. Once one lot starts to replicate it is easy to use it to seed additional cultures. Just sometimes getting a start is difficult.

Warm water of a stable temperature(deep water is more stable than shallow), high levels of sunlight(full sun is definitely best), no living organisms including frogs, fish, crustaceans, flukes, dragonfly larvae etc, and you are heading in the right direction.

I use 240lt plastic drums and 1000lt IBC tanks with air stones to culture my water plants now. I use fly screen mesh to keep all other life out of the tanks. When I originally got my starter cultures I used plastic roller boxes, tubs, buckets, whatever was on hand and had no aeration yet still had great success.

When starting with a small amount of floating plants it is important to make sure that you rinse the plants from the sides of the tanks every now and then, so they don’t get stuck and dry out as the water level drops with evaporation.
If you only have a teaspoon in each tub to start with, then you don’t want to lose even a couple!

I have tried a few different PH, and it seems my standard rain water does best for me.

I have tried many different fertilizers to increase growth and replication rates, and for me they were all a failure creating algae issues or death, or at best no noticeable difference vs tub of water in full sun.

Some labs use fancy nutrient mixes sterile conditions, artificial light and have great results, but when I tried to copy them I just made tubs of green goop that melt funny…

An airstone seems to help with circulation and although not at all necessary, I do use one now. I also use larger tanks and they sit in full sun. They have mesh to stop mozzies and frogs, and that is pretty much it.

That’s all I can tell you really, apart from it being a tasty vegetarian alternative to caviar. I use it in vegetable patties or handfuls in salads, and it makes a great fish or poultry food.

My Fish food recipe.
I make pellets or crumble by mixing sun dried powdered Azolla, Lemna and Wolffia with black soldier fly, Daphnia, Ostracods, Blow fly larvae, worms, meal worms,  and/or whatever I can scrape up, and I use and egg or two as a binder.
Wack it through a hand crank meat mincer and lay the extrusion on a tray in the sun to dry and you get instant “worms”. Fish love this shape better than pellets in my experience, especially larger or wild caught stock.
Cut the “worms” up before you sun dry them and you get “pellets”.
I can do 2mm, 4mm, 6mm etc with my mincer just by changing the screens.
Rub the fully sun dried pellets through a strainer and you get “crumble”.

My spangled perch seem to do great off it, and as it is much fresher than the commercial stuff.
I personally believe the nutritional benefits are higher, and ecologically it is so much better than using “trash fish” and anchovies like the commercial feed companies do.

Fish farming has a great meat conversion rate compared to cattle or sheep etc, but it is still 100% reliant on the wild harvest and netting of huge numbers of fish.
Something many folks don’t understand.

Data I found online>>

“Wolffia arrhiza is a species of flowering plant known by the common names watermeal and rootless duckweed.
It is the smallest vascular plant on Earth and is a native to large parts of Europe, Africa, and parts of Asia, and it is present in other parts of the world as a naturalized species. It is an aquatic plant which grows in quiet water bodies such as ponds.
The green part of the plant, the frond, is a sphere measuring approximately one millimeter wide but with a flat top that floats at the water’s surface. It has a few parallel rows of stomata. There is no root. The plant produces a minute flower fully equipped with one stamen and one pistil. It often multiplies by vegetative reproduction, however, with the rounded part budding off into a new individual.
In cooler conditions or times of stress the plant becomes dormant and sinks to the bed of the water body to overwinter as a turion. The plant is a mixotroph which can produce its own energy via photosynthesis or absorb it from the environment in the form of dissolved carbon.

This tiny plant is a very nutritious food.
It’s green part is about 40% protein by dry weight and its turion is about 40% starch.
It contains many amino acids important to the human diet, relatively large amounts of dietary minerals and trace elements such as calcium, magnesium, and zinc, and vitamin B12.

It has long been used as a cheap food source in Burma, Laos, and Thailand, where it is known as khai-nam (“eggs of the water”).

The plant is prolific in its reproduction, growing in floating mats that can be harvested every 3 to 4 days; it has been shown to double its population in less than four days in vitro.

It is also useful as a form of agricultural and municipal water treatment. The plants grow quickly and take up large amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus from the water.

The plants that are grow on a large scale in the wastewater treatment facilities can be used as feed for animals, such as carp, tilapia, pigs, ducks and chickens.”

Want to have a gamble? Then understanding it is a gamble, and you may fail, add to cart folks..

Grown by us organically, no nasties, no chems, no problems!!!

NOT FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA or TASMANIA due to added expense and drama involved.

If you decide to try and buy anyway, this item will not be sent. 🙂