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Description for Reinwardia trigyna
Once established, cutting may be made at any time. Like the related sweet potato, the stems have a white latex, and only the youngest, fastest growing tips are harvested for cooking.
Planting and care
They are usually shipped in the spring as bare roots when plants are fully dormant, well before they have leafed out. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll look like a bundle of sticks on arrival. Note, they are not deadÃ¢â‚¬â€simply dormant.If you are buying container-grown plants (vs. bare-root plants), plant them by May or early June for best results.
Caring for Reinwardia trigyna
- Epsom salts along with your fertilizer; the magnesium sulfate will encourage new growth from the bottom of the bush Prune plants every spring and destroy all old or diseased plant material. Wear elbow-length gloves that are thick enough to protect your hands from thorns or a clumsy slip, but flexible enough to allow you to hold your tools.
Typical uses of Reinwardia trigyna
Special features: Water spinach is prepared like conventional spinach, although the texture of the stems and leaves is improved if they are cooked separately. It may be steamed, boiled, stir-fried, or used in soups. It may also be eaten in salads, either raw or blanched briefly.
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
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