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#1 crusty

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Posted 16 January 2017 - 01:25 PM

I'm starting to sort plants for Tanks outdoor enclosure, I've been given some Purple Plantain seeds, will these be ok

to plant in Tanks enclosure or should I steer away from this plant? looking on Google it looks very similar to normal plantain.

 

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Posted 16 January 2017 - 06:22 PM

Yes Kev, it's still plantago, just a deeper colour. It's fine to feed, but don't add any plant food, just plain soil ;)

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Posted 17 January 2017 - 01:33 PM

Thanks Sue, I'll get cracking with it this weekend.

 

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Posted 17 January 2017 - 09:36 PM

Thanks Sue, I'll get cracking with it this weekend.
 
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Do let us know how you go on. I've got a glut of watercress in the pond right now, the tiny babies are loving it once a week while the big ones are in hibernation.

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Posted 19 January 2017 - 02:05 PM

Will do :)



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Posted 24 February 2017 - 01:17 PM

Well the seeds have germinated so that's a good start.

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Posted 05 July 2017 - 12:22 PM

The purple plantain has come on brilliantly, I didn't realise the leaves would get so big, Tank loves them :)

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 08:14 PM

Yes, I tried it for the first time this year too; I was surprised how easily it grew from seed.

I'll add to the list of plants to grow from seed on this forum.



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Posted 17 July 2017 - 07:54 AM

This is one of the species that are soooooo good to grow for tortoises. While there are good guides out there, it's sometimes a bit worrying to seed advice such as 'feed sparingly' etc, giving the impression that it's a good idea to grow certain plants deliberately for tortoise food. Always best to remember that although not toxic (from a human point of view) it's not always a good inclusion for a tortoises natural diet. In nature they have evolved since the age of the dinosaur to gave a very restricted diet, so going out looking for more variety is not always a good idea It's surprising how the perfect diet is made up of so very few plants




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