Ok, I do tend to procrastinate a little, but near the Mekong in 1973 I
gathered some seeds of a particularly beautifully foliaged bush. They have
been neglected in my shaving kit all these years.
Is there any hope? I've got a very small greenhouse and a seed starting mat
from Charlie's Greenhouse. Is it worth a try, or are seeds that old better
in the compost heap?
Old Chief Lynn
It cannot hurt to try. seed collected at archaeological digs have
germinated, i forgot the exact numbers, but some kind of aquatic
flowering plant was featured decades ago in the National Georgraphic,
grown from seed collected in an Egyptian tomb from the pharaonic
period. i would soak these well, and do all the things to goose
germination, bottom heat and all that good stuff.
lotus seeds. or papyrus. Ingrid
, but some kind of aquatic
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I'd say give it a whirl and let us know how it goes. Just think, if
you have 50 seeds and only three germinate and two survive to grow
into bushes, you'll have something unique and special. Good
germinating to you. Keep us informed!!
madgardener who has no idea why kudzu has anything to do with what
you're wanting to do here...............................
Kudzu (I think I have the name right? - spiny climber?) is a result of the
unconsidered release of an alien species into the environment.
Try the effect of prickly pear in Australia, Giant Hogweed in the UK, & many
Look at the customs declarations you sign going into most reasonably
'isolated' countries, & the paperwork when importing many alien species not
already known in cultivation.
In reality I agree the risk is probably very small, especially if it came
from the Mekong delta, (I guess there are areas in the SE USA where it might
survive though?) but the risk in general is not zero as someone suggested.
The release of kudzu was in the 30's during the depression. The idea was to
give farmers something to grow. Kudzu is edible and aparently nutritious
but people did not like the taste of it and the attempt at using it for a
food crop failed. It then naturalised and took over
The Amazing Story of Kudzu
"Kudzu was introduced to the United States in 1876 at the Centennial
Exposition in Philadelphia"
"Florida nursery operators, Charles and Lillie Pleas, discovered that
animals would eat the plant and promoted its use for forage in the 1920s."
"During the Great Depression of the 1930s, the Soil Conservation Service
promoted kudzu for erosion control."
"Kudzu's most vocal advocate was Channing Cope of Covington, Georgia who
promoted use of the vine to control erosion. During the 1940s, he traveled
across the southeast starting Kudzu Clubs to honor what he called "the
"Edith Edwards makes deep-fried kudzu leaves, kudzu quiche, and many
other kudzu dishes. She found recipes in The Book of Kudzu: A Culinary and
Healing Guide by William Shurtleff and Akiko Aoyagi."
"In China and Japan, ground kudzu root (called kuzu) has been a common
ingredient in foods and medications for centuries."
Many thanks, an interesting web site.
As far as I was concerned Kudzu was a wirey thorned vine which you see
*everywhere* hiking & can be a real pest.
I had no idea of its wider possible applications.
Though Im not surprised goats eat it; they eat ANYTHING. I had a friend who
swore there was a herd in Khartoum which lived solely on empty cement sacks,
& Ive seen them 8 to 10 feet up in thorn trees; just how you climb trees
with cloven hooves I'll never know!
I haven't been through the Deep South since the 80's, but I do recall
seeing the vines as attractive until I realized what they were doing to the
native species. I had no idea they had pretty, fragrant blooms, either.
Here are some photos of what they do............
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