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Morning Glory

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Xiem starts with ...
Does anyone grow ipomoeea aquatica (water morning glory, swamp cabbage, phak bung) for their own use or to sell? I would be interested to know how you do it. I am starting to grow some in ponds but it is disappearing at night. Perhaps kangas or possums?
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snottiegobble says...
Xiem. maybe if you included your vicinity we would be able to help you!
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Julie says...
Xiem, is that also known as Kang Kong? If so, you don't have to grow in a pond - I have grown it successfully in pots of rich soil (same with watercress). That way you could probably protect it with a net.
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Xiem says...
Yes Julie, kang kong. Lovely stir fried with oyster sauce and chilli. For your info SG I have moved to Sunshine hinterland and there are already some shallow ponds here. I may as well use them and yesterday I bought some mesh and frame timber to keep out the night munchers. Will the kang kong take root? It just floats at the moment and grows shoots, but no roots. (Shooting without rooting - is it just a wet dream for my morning glory?)
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snottiegobble says...
Ha, ha Xiem, its just not the same, mate! As for morning glory I dug up my first sweet potato on Saturday & it weighed exactly 3kgs & shaped like a leg of lamb!
Couldnt believe it!
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snottiegobble says...
Sounds very promising Julie, I could use 'King Kong' to provide breeding areas for my mountain minnows. I presume it will grow in Perth water temperature ponds as well?
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Julie says...
I guess so sg. It grows through summer, then goes to seed in cooler weather.

If you have a shallow part of the pond, you could start it in a pot and then put into the pond. I built my pond with a sort of 'step' so any wildlife could get out if they fell in. Used to grow Japanese water iris there.
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snottiegobble says...
How big a pond do you need Julie & does it need to be aerated?
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au0rey says...
Yes Kang kong can be grown in soil....many people don't know that but of cos if you do have a nice pond for it they can grow there too.
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Xiem says...
SG this morning we went to the local market and the missus asked the Thai stallholders who sell kang kong how they grow it. They said they just keep it in water until it grows roots then they plant it. I think we will continue to buy from them rather than try to grow it in our little ponds. The kangas or whatever are determined to eat it at night and my mesh frame is no barrier to them. Of course I can make a really strong barrier but when we can buy kang kong fresh for $2 a bunch I don't think its worth spending too much money for materials at Bunnings. What the kangas don't eat, the taddies do. They seem to like eating the new shoots as they grow. Good luck SG.
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Julie says...
Can't really answer your questions sg, as I've never grown it in a pond. Mine is not aerated, just relies on eel/ribbon grass for oxygen, which seems to work. The little pygmy perch have survived for a number of years.

I don't think you would need a very large pond - you could keep the Kang Kong as large or small as you like by 'pruning' and eating the tips.

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Mike says...
It grows equally well in soil that is kept moist or watered well as in water.The broader leafed more tropical Thai types form floating mats better than the thinner leafed chinese style kang kung.I grow it with Limnophila which overwhelms the kang kung partly due to hoppers and caterpillars leaving it alone.
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Xiem says...
This YouTube demo might be of interest to potential kang kung growers.
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Xiem says...
Try again:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bEoDIm8Nm8

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snottiegobble says...
Thanks everyone for your advice & the youtube video was excellent, Xiem
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