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Jo Martin starts with ...
Hi, I am desperately seeking Okinawa Spinach seeds or cuttings. I need a ground cover and I would really like to use something edible and this plant would be perfect!

Anyone?

Thanks in advance.

jo
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Jo Martin
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Diny says...
Basella would be good too, it climbs or grows as a ground cover. Ceylon spinach is another name for it.
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22nd May 2008 7:58pm
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Jo Martin says...
Hi Diny,
Thanks. Yes, I have the Ceylon Spinach already - it's just a bit more viny than the Okinawa Spinach looks.

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Jo Martin
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23rd May 2008 8:43am
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Stoney says...
how do I obtain ceylon spinach in brisbane
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Stoney
Sheldon, brisbane
12th May 2010 10:28am
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BJ says...
Search in ebay. A grower in Kedron sells it.
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12th May 2010 11:06am
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Charles cant spell says...
also Ceylon Spinach is more commonly referred to as Malabar Spinach, there is red and green type, they grow readily from seed so just get the seed.
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12th May 2010 7:51pm
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Jantina says...
What about New Zealand spinach Jo? Makes a great ground cover and a mild taste.
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12th May 2010 8:05pm
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Charles cant spell says...
Yep I can vouch for NZ Spinach (Warrigal Greens) however due to their "high" oxalic Acid content your meant to blanch them 2-3 minutes then ice or cook like spinach before eating and discard water.
So like most of these things very health, but use young leaves (not old) and use in moderation with a host of other veges, specifically Kales as its very low in oxalic and tasty and easy to grow.

Most of the tasty alternative veges are high, purslane, lambs quaters, NZ Spinach, etc, etc, but its all about ratio's those plants are full of goodness so you only need a few leaves, unlike lettuce where you need to eat the whole lettuce and get indigestion before you have enough goodness to last five minutes.....yes its my anti lettuce crusade again ;)
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Carol says...
Have you found a source of Okinawa Spinach?
Bazilian Spinach is great for what you want, and you can eat it and I have it growing in Cairns.
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
There is a catalogue available which has had Okinawa spinach seeds listed on and off. May be worth contacting them for availability

http://www.echonet.org/content/SeedBank
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Pinestalk says...
Pinestalk says I grew Okinawa spinach in Hawaii 5 years ago. Since then I reside in n.e. Georgia. First of all can I grow starts of the spinach on this south slope of my garden in Clayton Georgia? If so where can I get starts? I could use Okinawa spinach for medicinal reason and I love the flavor.
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4th February 2011 1:32pm
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snottiegobble says...
Okinawa spinach sounds interesting, I wonder if it will grow in the Sth West.
BTW Charles c s if you feed lettuce to budgies it will kill them!
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backyard bill says...
if you are in Nth Qld and still looking for Okinawan Spinach I have it in my garden and would be happy to help out.
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Mike says...
B.Bill, I also saw Okinawa spinach for sale yesterday at ecomart in Aumuller St. Cairns.They also has a variety of other herbs that you don't see at Rusty's.
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denise says...
Okinawa spinach should only grow by cuttings. Seedlings revert to a toxic weed without the purple.
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Jo Martin says...
Hi backyard bill, I am most definitely still looking for Okinawa Spinach. I'm in Kuranda - where are you? My phone number is 0401 423 573.

Thanks!
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LIA says...
back yard bill, where do you garden? call me sometime and we can talk about your cuttings. 706 490 3674 LIA
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BryanBurlingame says...
"...Seedlings revert to a toxic weed without the purple..."

I've seen this mentioned a couple times in random web comments - does anyone actually have a legitimate source for this information? Most sites I've seen have gynura bicolor listed as non-toxic with no mention of reverting to any wild toxic forms.
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Mike says...
Sound like bullship to me.I have normal bicolor and the green form with no purple and they are equally good.I am yet to have the green or purple seed.
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MaryT says...
It must be delicious 'cause I have mine stripped bare by snails or something. It was growing so well too, Mike. One of yours.
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
I have both the purple and green forms growing, they flower from time to time but are easy to grow from cuttings.
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BJ says...
They will root if you just throw a bit on the ground. super easy, just wish it was a bit softer.
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davewastech says...
Has anybody tried growing Okinawa Spinach as far south as Sydney?
And is it perennial? I'd like to grow it if it will succeed.
Cheers,
Dave

btw I've seen it for sale in Cairns at Rustys Market.
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denise1 says...
It grows in Auckland which is cooler than Sydney. Put it in a warm spot.
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davewastech says...
Thanks Denise. I'll give it a go then. Does it survive the winters in our cooler zones?
Dave
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loewenzahn says...
It is a superfood. Sydney? I want to grow it in Katoomba, but that's probably too cold???
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Michael D says...
I think something similar to grow with medicinal properties is Gynura Procumbens
I am growing this in Sydney with great success.
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SueM says...
Be careful with Ceylon/Malabar Spinach. It is extremely vigorous and grows like a weed.

I had a vine in brisbane, once the seeds drop, loads of them germinate and grow extremeley fast. they have big thick leaves, they probably suck a lot of the nutrients out of the soil and outcompete everything else.

they are very hardy so just keeping one vine in a pot is the best bet if you want to regularly harvest leaves.
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davewastech says...
Hi Michael,
Don't know that one. What's it taste like?
I think Okinawa Spinach(gynura bicolor) is quite pretty in a garden
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7th March 2017 4:14pm
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Michael D says...
Okinawa Spinach is a pretty plant for ground cover.My mum has it in her garden.I grow Gynura Procumbens as a medicinal plant .It tastes pretty bland so very easy to eat like a leafy salad.I'm no doctor so I can't confirm it's health benefits but you should read about it on the internet if interested in growing.
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Chris B says...
Hi Michael. Do you have any cuttings available? My sambung has just got very sick for some reason. Where are you in Sydney?
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davewastech says...
Well, I have found that Okinawa Spinach grows easily in Sydney. Needs a shady spot, else it goes quite limp.
There's at least two varieties I've seen. The one with spoon-shaped leaves is less tough and less rampant. Tastes better in my very limited experience. Could it possibly be basella and not O.S.?
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