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Lemba-Curculigo latifolia

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Linton starts with ...
As I am growing this species I would like to know how best to use Lemba plant to experience the sweetening sensation.

While it contains the the protein curculin, it works differently to Miracle Fruit. I read that Miracle Berries only make sour things taste sweet, but the curculin in Lemba can make neutral foods and drink, like a glass of water taste sweet.

Some sites say to chew the leaves while others say you eat the fruit. So would like to know if anyone has tried it and what was the method.

Curculigo latifolia is a type of palm grass from Borneo which has highly ornamental leaves as can be seen in the webpic below.

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Linton
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Lkwthnu says...
I am interested in this plant specimen Curculigo latifolia aka Lemba. Would you be interested in sending me some cuttings or seeds. I will pay. If interested please contact me at lkwthnu@gmail.com
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Linton says...
Hi Lkwthnu
Thanks a lot for your request for the Lemba plants. It's rare for anyone here to show an interest in this species and it's special characteristics.

Could you please let me know where you are located and what your climate is like there.

I'm finding that my very tiny seedlings don't like the cold much and have stopped growing over winter. I have grown the more common variety of Palm Grass - Curculigo capitulata - without any problems and is very easy to care for. But Curculigo latifolia is the only variety with sweetening properties and does not seem to be so hardy.

So I suggest to wait until it's warmer before I can send you any, as they are still so small, only about 2cm, and may not survive the transit. In the mean time please let me know your location and if it's a bit warmer where you are, they should grow very well. Cheers!
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Lkwthnu says...
Hi Linton,

Thank you for the feedback. I live in Puna, Hawaii so I'm sure it is warm enough to grow here.

If you do not feel the seeds would make the transit I am happy to wait. Thank you so much.
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denise1 says...
Hi Lkwthnu, you can get the Lemba seeds, and maybe also plants from Fruitlovers seeds in Hawaii. They have a website.
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JonHolguin says...
Hi Linton, I've been looking for Lemba seeds for a while now, and I've only just stumbled across this thread. Do you still have some of these available, and would you be willing to send some of them to me? I live in California, and I have a greenhouse, so I think I should be able to keep them alive if they survive the shipping.
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Linton says...
The seeds were all planted nearly two years ago and have now grown into plants. Don't have any more sorry.
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RobJones says...
Hi,

Does anyone have experience in growing Curculigo latifolia? I mean what kind of low temps can it tolerate, etc? Basically, I would appreciate if you tell me what kind of soil, sun, temps, water, and fertilizer does it require? Here in Northern California, the temps go in low 40s at night in fall/winter and I wonder if it will survive in the ground. Also, how does it do if potted in a pot?

I have been growing Miracle Fruit for past 4-5 years and now very experienced in how to grow it here the NorCal climate.

Thanks.






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RobJones says...
Hi JonHolguin,

I live somewhat close to you, (same State) in San Jose. Were you able to purchase seeds/plant [from Hawaii)? If so, have you been able to grow them? I'd appreciate if you could share your experience growing Lema in our area. Thanks.
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JonHolguin says...
Yes, I was able to purchase it. But I haven’t had any seeds germinate yet. I’ll keep you posted.
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Linton says...
Attention RobJones,JonHolguin...

If you are able to grow Miracle Fruit there you should have no trouble with Lembas.

I am growing Curculigo latifolia here in Melbourne where it gets down to about 5 deg.C in Winter. So I keep them in pots under my patio to stay dry. It's best to keep them on the dry side over Winter as the roots tend to rot if they remain wet when it's cold.

These plants were all grown from seeds which germinated fast and very easily. Cheers!
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RobJones says...
Great! Looking forward to your update/images. Thanks.
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RobJones says...
Thanks, Linton. I really need to write up tips/instructions on successfully growing Miracle Fruit here in NorCal climate and post it on the web for greater good.

Awesome photos! If you get a chance and could share write up with following info, it would really help all:

- Sources for seeds, How to grow from seeds (e.g. requirements of soil type, pH, temp, sunlight, water, humidity, hormones, how deep to seed in soil)
- What fertilizer and frequency to feed, etc. plant at various stages
- How to manage colder climate (e.g. winter)

Thanks! btw, I started experimenting w/ Miracle Fruit following the plant care instructions (not specific to California climate) provided on Logee's website.
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Linton says...
To germinate Lemba seeds I never took any notice of those things you mention like pH, sunlight, humidity, etc. Just did the usual things like sow them in seed raising mix from the store and keep them moist and they just grew.

The plants don't seem to like strong sun so I keep them in full shade all year round as they are an understory plant. Never bothered to fertilise them but it might help. Don't let the soil be too wet as they are prone to rotting. Hope this helps.
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RobJones says...
Thanks, Linton. That helps (relief!). Miracle Fruit is completely opposite in that if you don't factor those elements in when planting/growing them, they literally burn! It does not even survive on local tap water in long run. So, I am always cautious in dealing w/ tropicals.
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JonHolguin says...
So I have yet to see anything germinate from my Curculigo latifolia seeds. They are being kept in the same conditions as some Synsepalum seedlings which are looking great.

I’m not sure if I should try to move them elsewhere and change the conditions, but they are being quite slow so far.

Any helpful hints here? The temperature stays right around 29 C in my growth chamber, but dips maybe a few degrees at night. The humidity is around 60-65% and they are in my own vermiculite-based seeding mix.

What’s in the seeding mix you used Linton?
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