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Water Chestnut, Chinese, Eleocharis dulcis

Sorry, I can’t send to WA, TAS or NT! 

Prolific easy to grow vegetable suitable for balconies and farms alike.

$10.50

7 in stock

The plants are wilting and getting ready for winter dormancy. They are typically planted in spring. If you plant now they should come up in spring if you give them the right conditions and live in a frost-free area.

The Chinese water chestnut is a very prolific vegetable, which, in ideal conditions can grow up to 100 chestnuts to one water chestnut planted! The nutritious Chinese water chestnut is an ideal self-sufficiency crop for people with courtyards, balconies (mind the weight!!) or tiny spaces – it is happy in a bucket or a farm dam alike!

Our waterchestnuts are sold in 40 mm forestry tubes. Due to legal requirements, we cannot send this plant to NT.

How to Grow chinese Water Chestnuts:

Chinese water chestnut likes a sunny spot and needs a growing season of 7 frost-free months. Allow 2-4 corms per square meter.

You can either start them in a small pot that is kept moist, indoors until the last frost or outdoors if you live in a frost-free climate. Or directly where they are intended to grow, but in both cases they should not be flooded and only kept moist!

Plant 5-10 cm deep and allow 10 cm space to increase water level later. Once the water chestnuts are grown to 10-20 cm increase the water level so that the water level is 10 cm above soil level and maintain the flooding during the growing season.