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CHINESE WATER CHESTNUT

Chinese Water ChestnutsBotanical Name: Eleocharis dulcis
Description

This popular Asian cooking ingredient is a tropical member of the sedge family. These nutritious underground corms reaching up to 4cm in diameter have an appealing crisp nut like texture. They can be cooked as a vegetable offering a contrasting texture to many dishes or they can deliver their sweetness and juiciness prepared fresh and raw or lightly steamed or sauteed for salads Water chestnuts can be grown in a pond of a container, an old bathtub or a salvaged water tank cut in half are ideal options. Plant the corms in spring, about 5cm deep into friable soil preferably rich in organic matter and course sand. Keep the plants moist until the shoots are about 10cm tall, then fill the container up with water until it's about 10cm deep, with the tips of the leaves just showing. Leave the container flooded at that depth for about 6-7 months, then drain off the water in late autumn. Leave the soil moist but not wet for another month or so until the shoots die down, then harvest the water chestnuts. Water chestnuts will grow in most areas of Australia, but they are frost tender and require at least an 8-month frost-free growing season. A single corm is said to be able to produce 100 corms within a growing season!

Other Names: Water Chestnut, Water Chest Nut, #AM2
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Preferred Climate

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

0-1m

Plants required to Pollinate

1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?

Sometimes

Amount of leaves in Winter?

No Leaves (Deciduous)

Suitability in Pots

Yes

Water Requirements

Frequent Watering

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest

First Year

Sun or Shade

Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type

Poor Drainage (Clay)

Soil pH

Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months

July, August, September

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Chinese Waterchestnut

Never plant your corms too close together, because the root systems will get entangled & make harvesting a nightmare! | Dave S Fergusson - Capel, WESTE 26-Jun-2012
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Chinese Water Chestnut (Seedling) 10/10

Kath's Edible Fruits
Update: 2441 days 12hrs

Comments: - I have them growing in three ninety litre bowls which they share with the tadpoles, frogs, water lilies, dragonflies,snails and leeches. Dwarf tree frogs love them. Harvest when the tops die down. Keep the pot topped up and provide an object for the young frogs to climb out on or they can drown.

Planted: 2006

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Chinese Water Chestnut 9/10

Phil1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2961 days 12hrs

Comments: -

Very easy to grow.  Grew3 plant in laundry tub last year.  Just replanted 2 tubs this week.  Good crop. kept well in fridge.

Fruiting Months May

Planted: 2008

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Manure, compost some blood and bone at start

Pest Control:

No problems

Organic Status:Organic


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Chinese Water Chestnut 8/10

Linnie's Edible Fruits
Update: 2726 days 22hrs

Comments: -

I have wanted this plant for ages, because the chestnuts taste great in asian dishes... now I am doubly keen because I have started basket-weaving, and the stems are wonderful fibres!

 

Pollination: No


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Chinese Water Chestnut (Cutting)

VF1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1905 days 14hrs

Comments: -

I love the crunchy texture in stir-frys. Easy to grow in water container.

(Note : now winter 2012, and roots have been harvested. Extremely prolific and worth growing again. Have put aside a handful to re-plant for next year.)

Planted: 2012

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 5 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Small amount slow release all purpose

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

Mosquito larvae in water need to be eliminated - best with small fish.

Organic Status:Organic


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Chinese Water Chestnut 10/10

Shirlbaby1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2934 days 5hrs

Comments: -

Lots of new bulbs, growing strong and well but bulbs are quite small, but very tasty

Fruiting Months September

Planted: 2008

Growing: In the Ground

First Fruited: 9 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pest Control:

none

Organic Status:Organic


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Chinese Water Chestnut 8/10

Graibeard's Edible Fruits
Update: 2958 days 9hrs

Comments: -

They grew well enough, didn't fill the pond though and are a bit on the small side - 20mm Still okay though.


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Chinese Water Chestnut 2/10

Damian's Edible Fruits
Update: 2961 days 10hrs

Comments: -

harvested grape sized fruits

Planted: 2008

Growing: In a Pot


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