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Water Fern Azolla Pinnata Culture
~30gram bag starter mixture of both this awesome aquatic species!
IT WILL BE SENT ON A MONDAY, so if your order payment comes in Sunday after I have started to pack the orders, it will NOT be posted till the following week!
This added delay is for the benefit of you and the LIVE PLANTS. It is not just to annoy you!
Azolla Pinnata, Red Azolla, Water Fern, Duckweed or whatever you want to call it is a fern like native that has been eaten by Aborigines of Australia for millenia, and is only now finding popularity in Asia and European cuisine.
It’s colour changes at whim, from bright red maroon, to vivid green, depending on light and temperatures, but generally there is a bit of a mixture of both.
It has a crisp texture, quite like finely grated carrot and like Lemna Minor and Wolffia Arrhiza, it is normally eaten in salads, dumplings, fritters, omelette’s and burgers.
It’s a very nutritious native plant that should be much more commonly used, as it grows so easily, tastes great, and has a much higher protein level than most vegetables, making it a great meat substitute and even more environmentally responsible than soy production.
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, duck production!
Increases milk output in both cattle and goats and can be used as 70% of the feed in a chook feed and 90% of a duck feed, producing fast growth and high egg yields.
Our chooks and guinea pigs will eat as much as I can give them, so I have a water drum 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.
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 go wrong.
1. 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 shade spot like on the balcony or beside the house..
2. Now you are ready to rock, buy the “Water Fern Azolla Pinnata” from you favorite seed supplier, I reccommend FAIRDINKUMSEEDS.COM…….
3. When it arrives add 1/4cup of water from the container and some air then seal it again floating the baggie of plant matter in the water for half an hour to help acclimatise and rinse it.
4. Carefully pour off that little bit of water that you added to the bag onto the garden or a pot plant with out letting the plant wash away. 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 may stink, quite a lot, and the plants may look very damaged and mostly dead at this stage.
This is absolutely, totally, 100%, normal.
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 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.
7. Once the surface is covered, 99% of the algae in the water will die and the nutrients will be absorbed by the Azolla Pinnata.
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!
This is also the stage you can start to use it to stock another pond, dam or water feature.
Just chuck a handful in every time you think of it and as long as you add it faster than the fish and birds can eat it, and a little always survives to replicate, the culture will become the dominant plant life in the end.
Here is a bit of data I pinched online. As you can see, its not just tasty!>
“Another amazing quality of the planet is its ability in capturing and fixating CO2. The plant is believed to have had a significant role in reversing a greenhouse effect that had caused the region around the Arctic Ocean to turn into a hot, tropical environment around 49 million years ago. This episode that turned the earth towards it’s present icehouse state and is know by academics as the “Azolla event”!
Grown by us organically, no nasties, no chems, no problems!!!