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Everything Else => Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles => Topic started by: Akebia on August 11, 2019, 03:44:17 PM

Title: Chaya seed
Post by: Akebia on August 11, 2019, 03:44:17 PM
Has anyone collected and grown out seedlings of spineless chaya?
Title: Re: Chaya seed
Post by: Pokeweed on August 15, 2019, 08:50:12 AM
I've always grown it from cuttings.
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Title: Re: Chaya seed
Post by: pineislander on August 17, 2019, 08:07:26 PM
I've had some volunteers which I think were from seeds though it's possible they came from random stem parts.
Title: Re: Chaya seed
Post by: MameyDisco on August 18, 2019, 02:25:53 AM
have 4-5 types right now.

Cnidoscolus aconitifolius cuttings are excellent.

One type is the one Dr. David Fairchild had at The Kampong, saved by fellow RFCI Miami members. Another from Larry Schokman, two more from around town, which both appear to have no stinging nettles.
Title: Re: Chaya seed
Post by: Akebia on August 20, 2019, 07:04:32 PM
MameyDisco, let me know if you get seed forming, Id love to try to grow out seedlings.  Im also curious about how fertile they might be, like are there lots of flowers but few seed.
Title: Re: Chaya seed
Post by: MameyDisco on September 15, 2019, 02:02:37 AM
Of the 4 types I am growing ATM, one is a cutting of Dr. David Fairchild's chaya that he grew at The Kampong in Miami's Coconut Grove. The other notable one is from Larry Schokman, I am unaware of where this one came from. The Dr. Fairchild specimen came from Cuba according to my research. It came via the Guthrie family members of The Rare Fruit Council Int'l. (RFCI), Maimi. The 3rd was given to me by a friend in the (SFPS), and the 4th came from our yard. 2 of the 4 have stinging nettles.
Title: Re: Chaya seed
Post by: pineislander on September 21, 2019, 03:43:48 PM
Akebia you should order some cuttings. They are the easiest things to grow and the cuttings can be shipped for a month and still grow. I had a branch sitting around for a month on wire mesh it started curling upwards and growing. If you want good seed you could grow it next summer. The Estrella variety flowers the best. You basically cannot kill this plant except maybe if you drown it.