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anna starts with ...
I have just bought 2 water chestnut plants and would like to know how to plant them?
Do we plant it submeged in water and do we add soil to it?

Would appreciate your advice.

Thanks anna
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JUJUBE FOR SALE IN MELBOURNE says...
Hi Anna,

If they are already in pots then submege them in water, treat them as pond plants and you may have to use pebles to weight the soil down otherwise some particle in soil may float and the water will be muddy.

If you just have the rhizomes then plant in pots just like you planting bulbs cover in a layer of soil then submege in water.

All the best. They grow well in Melbourne. Havest in May when the plants die down and use some rhizome for next year planting.
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au0rey says...
HI, where did you gals get your water chestnuts plant/bulbs? I wana get some too...:)
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JUJUBE FOR SALE IN MELBOURNE says...
Hi Au0rey,

You can buy from
www.earthcare.com.au
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anna says...
Hi Audrey,
I bought it online last week from Daley Nursery. They have just got new stocks, so you best get them soon. The postage costs more than the plant!
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hwa says...
Hi, I had been given a waterchestnut plant. I am going to grow it in an old tub.Sydney - with the warm weather and the still water in a tub will be a breeding ground for mossies. I plan to put fish in it. Does the plant need soil or just water?
Thanks for any advise.
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sternus1 says...
Hwa,

water chestnuts are not and aquatic plant, strictly speaking. They require a good amount of soil. You can simply pot them and subnmerge this however if you don't want to line the pond with soil.

I was growing them in my pond, but they were chewed to bits by the mother of all redclaw crays which is presumably Still lurking about in there somewhere. Last time I saw it it was huge, must be spectacular by now assuming it hasn't kicked the bucket.

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Julie says...
sternus, are you saying you could grow them in very wet soil, like watercress? No need to cover them with water?

I have put off growing them again because of the mozzies. My container is a bit too shallow for fish - it would get too warm.
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sternus1 says...
Definitely. You could pot them up, and have the pot half submerged in a container and they would grow that way. They are nothing like lillies or duckweed, traditionally they grow at the edge of swamps. So long as the bulbs themselves stay submerged, there is never going to be a problem.
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e-harris says...
Hwa,

I'm also in Sydney and have had good success with water chestnuts in an old bathtub in my backyard. Full sun, and because the water was over 30cm deep we weren't bothered by biting mosquitos. The frogs and tadpoles kept them in check anyway.
The tub had a lot of gravel and leaf litter/old detritus in the bottom which the chestnuts grow into. They don't stay in the pot they send out roots which then make new chestnuts at the ends. But the advantage to having a pot is that you can easily retrieve the plant when it comes time to dry them out and harvest. I've currently got 2 or 3 corms growing in an 80L tub which is quite deep and they seem to be loving it. I put them in a wire basket to let the roots out and also added extra garden mix/peat to the tub which settled to the bottom for a good substrate.

Nothing beats the taste of fresh water chestnuts!!!
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Thao says...
I grow water chestnuts in a kid's bathtub with azolla and watercress.
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Upper mountains says...
Do they have to be submerged? We have just dug a pond which is the overflow of the rain water tank, but the problem is that it will fall sometimes dry.
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sternus1 says...
They don't have to be submerged, but if they aren't you'll get mostly very small corms that are hard and mealy.
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Upper mountains says...
actually did someone try to plant the seeds at the top of the plant?
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