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Hollywood

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Katuk (Sauropus androgynous)
« on: June 24, 2013, 02:51:55 PM »
I use katuk in my South Florida garden for salad greens. The leaves have a flavor reminiscent of sweet peas, and the flowers and tiny green berry-sized fruit have mushroom overtones.
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Re: Katuk
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2013, 03:05:20 PM »
Another characteristic of katuk that makes it very desirable is its growth habit: it is not a space hog. It pretty much tops out around 8' tall, and stays within a 2-3' width. This makes it great for planting along narrow walkways where you just don't have much room. It does well in sun, shade and everything in between.
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Re: Katuk
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2013, 07:24:50 PM »
I grow it in my kitchen, and harvest daily, along with my raspberries.

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Re: Katuk
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2013, 09:39:09 PM »
I have a small Katuk plant. Its looking kind of sad, do not think it appreciates the lack of humidity out in CA.

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Re: Katuk
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2013, 03:08:06 AM »
I miss the katuk patch I had in Hawaii... it was our favorite green. It is also easy to propagate; just snap of some pieces of stem and stick them in the ground. In 2 or 3 weeks they start growing.

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Re: Katuk (Sauropus androgynous)
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2013, 07:26:14 AM »
I have the 'sweet leaf' with pale centred leaves and they are rampant in my climate.They shower seeds and multiple plants come up forming a thicket. When they get 10 feet I hack them down to 4/5 feet. The pods are edible? Mine mostly go very deep pink when ripe but there are paler ones.They are great mulch for other trees.
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Hollywood

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Re: Katuk (Sauropus androgynous)
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2013, 09:45:44 PM »
I have not gotten any volunteer seedlings.
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Re: Katuk (Sauropus androgynous)
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2013, 06:13:12 AM »
looks like the growth is pretty vertical...does it get bushy if you keep it short?
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Re: Katuk (Sauropus androgynous)
« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2013, 05:06:46 AM »
My ones are very bushy but upright shoots that spring up quickly can be thin.The pic is a bit big to upload.
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Re: Katuk (Sauropus androgynous)
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2013, 10:55:41 PM »
I don't get any volunteer seedlings either, but they do lean over and naturally layer themselves (root from branches that touch the ground).

Someone told me that if one grows two clones that they cross-pollinate and then produce lots of seeds.  I only have one clone.

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Re: Katuk
« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2013, 01:18:32 AM »
It pretty much tops out around 8' tall, and stays within a 2-3' width.

I sometimes have too many seedlings and put them in corners. I put one under a passionvine and the two are in serious competition. The swetleaf is a good 15ft tall! Gotta chop that one down.

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Re: Katuk (Sauropus androgynous)
« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2013, 08:16:39 AM »
Does anyone know where to get this locally in South Florida?
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Re: Katuk (Sauropus androgynous)
« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2013, 12:18:54 PM »
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Re: Katuk (Sauropus androgynous)
« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2013, 01:28:47 PM »
I pruned mine in half during the Winter because it was very thin & lanky.

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Re: Katuk (Sauropus androgynous)
« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2013, 10:09:23 PM »
All my katuk cuttings die. Why? Usually I have no problems with making cuttings of other plants in the rainy season. Do you do anything special with katuk cuttings? I even used a rooting hormone. Maybe I should cover them with plastic bags?
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