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SWEET LEAF BUSH

Sweet Leaf - FlowerBotanical Name: Sauropus androgynus
Description

Sweet Leaf Bush has been a popular leafy green perennial vegetable in Malaysia (especially Borneo) for many years.
The crop grows rapidly in hot humid conditions but becomes relatively dormant in cooler environments. It will grow in acid soils and in heavy clay soils.
The leaves and the top 15cm of stem tips of the Sauropus plant have a pleasant taste, similar to fresh garden peas, with a slightly nutty flavour. It is one of the most popular leaf vegetables in Southeast Asia and is notable for high yields and palatability.[6] The shoot tips have been sold as tropical asparagus. In Vietnam, the locals cook it with crab meat, minced pork or dried shrimp to make soup. In Malaysia, it is commonly stir-fried with egg or dried anchovies. 
Warning: It is important that leaves are cooked before consumption. Do not use raw in green smoothies as they can be harmful to health. 
The crop grows rapidly in hot humid conditions but becomes relatively dormant in cooler environments. It will grow in acid soils and in heavy clay soils.

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Plant Information or Specifications

Preferred Climate

Tropical, Subtropical
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)

2-5m

Plants required to Pollinate

1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?

Likes Temps above 5deg

Amount of leaves in Winter?

All Leaves (Evergreen)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas

WA

Suitability in Pots

Yes

Fruiting/Harvest Months

February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

 

Customer Comments on Sweet Leaf Bush

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Sweet Leaf Bush

It is delicius leave and mostly usefull for produce milk aftern maternity. I am looking this plant available in New Zealand | Kevin Stan - Auckland, NZ 16-Jun-2008

Sweet Leaf Bush

Found this very hard to keep growing first plant died within week or two of bringing it home ...not yet planted second has struggled a lot and we have had to give it 'healing' to keep it alive any tips? | Allie - Brisbane, QLD 12-Feb-2010

Sweet Leaf Bush

I have one growing in a garden bed, it's flourishing!! In Winter I prune it and come Spring, it sends up many fresh new shoots that produce lovely leaves; it grew / grows very easily with no trouble and no insect / grub / etc pests. Cow manure + water | Barry Beetham - Brassall, Ipswich, QLD. AUSTRALIA 25-Sep-2010

Sweet Leaf Bush

I have about 20 bushes in my garden and grow it like hedges,always handy for a quick meal.You can grow quite easily just stick the stalk in the soil and away it grows.Keep prunning and it gets thicker and bushier. | Usha Keightley - Howard, QLD 04-Jul-2011

Sweet Leaf Bush

Can anyone tell me if sweetleaf is good for diabetes. My tree is flousihing on the fenceline. Likes the humid conditions, I think. | Marie Churcher - Cairns, QLD 11-Feb-2012

Sweet Leaf Bush

Following youtube link is a simple way to propagate sweet leaf bush by cutting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5yrpZMWc4o | Leong Seng Kok - Chiangmai, Thailand, . 24-Jun-2013

Sweet Leaf Bush

Did you know this plant has more vitamins, minerals and protein pound for pound to any other green leafy plant... | Leif Sharkey - Julatten, QLD 15-Jul-2013

Sweet Leaf Bush

Plant the seed if possible, take a break, this is easier when planting you will get a strong plant with a healthy root system... this plant gives an amazing pink and white berry that is highly edible and tasty to eat... | Ray Sharkey - Cairns, QLD 15-Jul-2013

Sweet Leaf Bush

Sweat Leaf is the spirulina of the soil... | Leif Sharkey - Julatten, QLD 15-Jul-2013

Sweet Leaf Bush

I have a tree in a garden bed that I grew from a seedling from Yandina Community Gardens. It's flourishing thanks to the recent rain. It slows right down in winter. Seems a v resilient plant and the leaves taste delicious. | Alison Green - Buderim, Sunshine Coast, QLD 14-Jan-2015

Sweet Leaf Bush

It's called Cekur Manis in malay. I wish to see more green vegetables like this that are usually used in malay cooking | Aina - 2216, NSW 12-Mar-2015
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Sweet Leaf Bush (Cutting) 3/10

Chris3's Edible Fruits
Update: 2963 days 24hrs

Comments: -

In pot.  Has died back for winter.  As soon as new shoots appear will be planted out into permanent position

Fruiting Months January, February, March, April, November, December

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pruned By: 90% in Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Slow release pellets

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting

Pest Control:

None used.  Leaves had small holes possibly from baby snails but none seen on bush.

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Sweet Leaf Bush 8/10

Mark1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2964 days 22hrs

Comments: -

Going well. Chooks love it and its great for salads

Planted: 2008

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pest Control:

None

Organic Status:Organic


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Sweet Leaf Bush

Ellen's Edible Fruits
Update: 2924 days 2hrs

Comments: -

-Supplier - Daleys

-got it just about 6 months.

-All the leaves are fallen off it now due to winter season, hopes it will thrive again when we go into spring.

Growing: In a Pot


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Sweet Leaf Bush (Seedling)

Jenny's Edible Fruits
Update: 1823 days 5hrs

Comments: -

not thriving I'm quite fed up with it.

Planted: 2012

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Sweet Leaf Bush 6/10

Branny1's Edible Fruits
Update: 375 days 6hrs

Comments: - I'm always looking for more greens that will grow in our grimey, humid summers. I've heard excellent things about the flavour.


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