Chinese Water Chestnut

Eleocharis dulcis

Chinese Water Chestnuts

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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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Specifications of Chinese Water Chestnut

Preferred Climate SubtropicalLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From RhizomeLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 0-1m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Sometimes

Amount of leaves in Winter? No Leaves (Deciduous)

Suitability in Pots Yes

Water Requirements Frequent Watering

Fruiting/Harvest Months July, August, September

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Chinese Water Chestnut Reviews & Tips

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Anand Rathod
★★★★ 1y ago

NORTHFIELD, SA, Australia

Trying first time, tastes good.

Potty Bob 1
★★★★★ 1y ago

POTTSVILLE, NSW, Australia

Set up a chub for these , looking forward to eat g fresh .looking for a solar pump to keep them fresh .

Dave S Fergusson
8y ago

Capel, WESTE

Chinese Waterchestnut

Never plant your corms too close together, because the root systems will get entangled & make harvesting a nightmare!

Kath
★★★★★ 9y ago

CAWONGLA, NSW, Australia

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 ...

linnie
★★★★ 10y ago

CAWONGLA, NT, Australia

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! 

shirlbaby1
★★★★★ 11y ago

Cooroibah, QLD, Australia

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

Graibeard
★★★★ 11y ago

Carnegie, VIC, Australia

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

Damian
11y ago

Noble Park, VIC, Australia

harvested grape sized fruits

Phil1
★★★★ 11y ago

Bellingen, NSW, Australia

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

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