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A Home Propagation Event

January 21, 2017, 11:00am - January 22, 2017, 1:00am

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Here's a one page overview of the HPP - If you're going to be one of our 'propagators' please print out your copy.

The HOME PROPAGATION PROJECT

The MISSION
To enrich, expand, and develop LOCAL varieties of popular, edible, tasty, climate and soil appropriate perennial food trees and plants that homesteaders/gardeners would like to have in their own backyards.

The Home Propagation Project (HPP), Sponsored by the Edible Plant Project - EPP a 501(c)3
Supported by Grow Gainesville (just a bunch of folks), In cooperation with Forage Farm - a 501(c)3

Do you have some EXCEPTIONAL perennial edible fruits and vegetables in your garden that you would like to SHARE with others?
SIGN UP and help us with the work.
Contact Audra Tyler via e-mail at: audra.b.tyler@gmail.com
Or by phone at: 214-995-0422

PROJECT COORDINATOR: Audra Tyler

PROPAGATION INSTRUCTORS:
Melissa DeSa, Timothy Noyes, Brian Mather, Tad DeGroat (others as needed)

The Edible Plant Project (EPP) will provide the following after approval of each cultivar

One (1) gallon pots and fresh, enriched soil.
Minimum 10 - Maximum 20 (more on approval)
Other supplies as required. (rooting medium, grafting tape, etc)
Instruction/workshop (if required) on the different methods, of plant propagation
Mentoring throughout the propagation process

What is required of the Home Propagator:
Sign up with Name, address, phone, and e-mail
Let us know what YOU would like to propagate, your description and why you think others would like to grow them.

Provide appropriate environment (temp, sun, water, nutrition) during the winter season while your plants grow to transplant/sale size.
Occasional updates on progress: Health & Vigor. Finally, notification of failure if it happens.

Return to the EPP of 80% of the successfully propagated plants when they have sufficient root development for transplanting into the ground.

What We’re Looking for From YOUR Garden
Perennial fruits and vegetables that YOU LOVE and have grown successfully to abundant and healthy production.
Things that are:
Climate appropriate
Soil compatible with a minimum of inputs

EXCLUSIONS
No citrus (we’re not permitted for it). No toxicity. Non Invasive (non-natives are fine)
Anything that requires SPECIAL treatment, i.e. full time greenhouse or extensive customer instruction.
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Chaya

Chaya or spinach tree or Tree Spinach (Cnidoscolus chayamansa) is actually about twice as nutritious as spinach. It is a good source of nutrients including protein, calcium, iron, potassium, and vitamin C. It is a fast growing dense shrub, native to Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. It grows to about 6-8 feet tall.

Soil: Tolerates most soil conditions, but might dislike acid. Liming and fertilizing should benefit Chaya. The leaves contain a lot of protein, calcium, and potassium, so the soil must have it for the plant to extract, if it is to be healthy. (Nitrogen to make protein)
Water: well to somewhat well drained. Tolerates brief flooding and droughts
Sun: full is best, tolerates shade
Cold: Can be killed by a hard freeze, but will usually resprout from the roots. Mulch the base to protect it.
Pruning: Unnecessary, but sometimes used to control height. Crowded internal branches can be removed for propagation or aesthetics.
Propagation: Easily propagated by stem cuttings.
Pests: none
Other problems: It can be slow to get going.

Harvesting, storage, and preparation: Most recommendations say not to harvest until the second year, because the plants are slow to establish before they can grow quickly. Our plants seem to take very quickly to our special potting mix. Never harvest more than 50% of the leaves, except from stems cut for propagation. Leaves must be cooked to release cyanide, which evaporates. Apparently aluminum cookware can cause a diarrhea-causing reaction with the cyanide compounds when cooking. We are not sure if this is true. On principle it’s wise to cook all fruits and vegetables in non-aluminum pans because of their high acidity.
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More photos on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/search?sort=relevance&text=Cnidoscolus%20chayamansa

More information, including recipes:

http://thematrix.sureste.com/cityview/merida2/articulos/chaya.htm (defunct – admin)

 

pdf – Chaya Information Sheet
(to print out)


5 comments to Chaya

  • Brian

    Hey everyone,
    So, I planted on of these at the Health Department in Belle Glade ~2 years ago. It’s about 5-6 ft now. I have not tried this until this weekend. I boiled it 2x, then I added them to some mashed potatoes. Not bad.

    For some reason, our ECHO link doesn’t work. This does.

    http://echotech.org/mambo/images/DocMan/Chaya07.pdf

    FYI for nutrition
    http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/proceedings1996/V3-516.html

  • Natalie L.

    I have one for 3 to 4 years that i started from cutting. it just grow by itself in poor sandy soil and part shade with very little watering. I use it like cooked spinach or collards greens and add in in soup or curry. tolarate light frost, drought.

  • Jeanne Ridings Delacruz

    A friend gave me a plant, 12 inches long. I planted in poor soil but building it up. It grew to 6 feet. The branches easily break. I just make a hole and plant them all over, here and there. So far 4 are growing. They do not take much room and are delicious. I mix my greens and cook in coconut milk and spices, so good. Thank you for the pictures and the name. I did not know. The samoan people love this and eat a lot. Aloha from hawaii Jeanne

  • LORETTE

    Just a note there is a pest that likes the spinach tree. I had a hornworm on it and it ate all the leaves! I got rid of it and the plant came back even more full of leaves. This is in Melbourne, Florida

  • It has been a few years.I have chaya growing everywhere,so much.will now be trying to cook some.amazing.jeanne delacru

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