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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Chinese Arrowhead Shoots Growing In My Garden.

It all started about 2 weeks before the Chinese New Year celebration in the month of January 2017 which is about 2 months ago. I bought some Chinese Arrowheads to fry Arrowhead chips.
Chinese Arrowheads washed and ready for peeling.
Peelings from the Chinese Arrowheads.
Peeled Chinese Arrowheads ready for making crispy chips.
I took the left over shoots and the peelings to bury in the soil of my garden pots to act as natural fertilizers.
One morning while I was watering my plants, I noticed these green shoots growing out of the soil of this big flower pot.
On a closer look, they do look familiar. Then I remembered the Chinese Arrowhead shoots that I buried in the soil. They have sprouted and have pushed through the surface of the soil.
I didn't have them removed. I left them be and expected them to dried up and die after some time. Surprisingly, they survived and continue to grow.
Usually these Arrowheads thrive in ponds, lakes, marshes and paddy fields in most Asian countries e.g. China. But here, they are growing in normal garden soil in my garden.
I am watching to see whether these plants will survive when the hot and dry days return.
Currently, these Chinese Arrowheads plants are almost 2 feet tall. I am curious to see whether these have flowers and whether they will form arrowheads or tubers in the ground. I am now keeping a record on these plants for further updates.
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The following staircase photos are for joining Tuesday's Treasures.
Old antique staircase in Gopeng Museum.
A staircase with wooden and metal railing.


That night, when he (Jacob) stopped to camp at sundown,

he found a rock for a headrest and lay down to sleep,

and dreamed that a staircase reached from earth to heaven,

and he saw the angels of God going up and down upon it.

(Genesis 28:11-12, The Living Bible-TLB)

64 comments:

  1. Wahhh...let's wait and see... then you can fry arrowhead anytime you want!!

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    1. Yes, I am waiting to see if the plants will continue to grow in our weather.

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  2. Last year mine didn't survive.

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    1. I am now hoping against hoping that they will grow well. Hope the harsh weather will not work against the plants.

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  3. The fried arrowhead makes me think of Mama Kucing, hehe...

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    1. Ha ha...you still remember! Have a wonderful day!

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  4. Just make sure they are well watered and I am sure they will grow through summer. Ginger will also do the same thing if the weather is warm enough and grows well in the garden in summer. It does not survive winter here though, not even in the greenhouse which is not heated but protected. Diane

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    1. Thank you, Diane. I will remember to water them well. Hopefully our weather will be kind to the plants and not get too hot.

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  5. Nancy, your idea of recycling plant compost to act as natural fertilizer have proven a good thing:) I like that a lot and I'm happy that it even grew some food plant for you as a surprise:) I hope it will be even fruitful:) So exciting!!

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    1. It was a wonderful surprise. And I hope it will turn out to be fruitful too. Really exciting!

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  6. Haven't had this in a really long while...miss them!

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    1. I love arrowheads and they are so many ways to cook them.

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  7. You are quite the gardener, even when you don't mean to :-)
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. A great surprise. It is exciting to see how the plants will grow.

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  8. I tried growing the arrowheads once but they died :( I am looking forwards to seeing the development of your arrowhead plant. I wonder if they flower :)

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    1. I have tried once too. Not successful. So far so good. I would love to see them flower.

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    1. These tubers are not grown here locally. They are imported from China during the festive season.

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  10. Well, you have a surprise grew, but were to be fertilizer. Flowers growing in the water the water a lot, then you can also flourish. Regards.

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    1. Thank you, Giga. Maybe I should transfer them into a more watering bed of soil.

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  11. Wow! Hope they will really yield good harvest

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    1. Thank you, Irene. I am checking on them daily.

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  12. You have a wonderful green thumb Nancy!
    The staircase is most unusual but very nice.

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    1. When I saw the staircase, I knew I had to take a photo of it!

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  13. so exciting! we all wait together with you. fingers crossed you will get arrowroots from the plants.

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    1. Ha ha yes, very exciting. Besides these, I am also excited over other plants in my garden, waiting to see how they will progress.

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  14. You have an amazing green thumb. I so love your foodie and plant posts.

    Have a fabulous day, Nancy. ☺

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    1. Thank you, Sandee. This is the exciting part of gardening. Waiting to see how the plants progress.

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  15. Your staircase shots really stand out well!

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    1. Thank you, William. I am glad they did!

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  16. Nancy, I'm a lovers of architectural details and this staircase is a wonderful find. Thanks for sharing today, I hope to see you back again.

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    1. Thank you, Tom. I am glad you like the staircase shots.

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  17. You are so good with plants and flowers! I hope you are having a great week.

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    1. Thank you, Linda. Have a great week too!

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  18. Perfect bible verse for today. I used to have an arrowhead plant. But did not know you can eat the tubers!! The tubers are not sold to eat here. So will you eat the ones that have grown for you? They are so healthy and beautiful.

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    1. I don't know how many types of arrowhead plants but this one is edible and I like it very much. If my plants grow tubers, I would definitely eat them.

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  19. Wow! That is unexpected. Hope they grow.

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    1. I hope so too, Rose. Have a good day!

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  20. Oh so that's what arrowhead looks like. Is it the same as arrowroot? I seem to recall arrowroot flour being something in my mum's cooking cupboard when I was a child.

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    1. Arrowhead is not the same as arrowroot. Arrowroot is longish, more fibrous and harder texture than arrowhead. Arrowroot is mostly used for boiling soup. He is called "fun kok" in Cantonese.

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  21. What a nice surprise that they are growing for you!

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    1. I hope they will be a fruitful surprise for me.

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  22. That sure looks like the Arrowhead plant that grows around here...I bet it is the same thing. I did not know they were edible. And I like your Tuesday's treasures...

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    1. This type of arrowhead is edible and I like them very much. Have a lovely day, Rose!

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  23. Beautiful pictures... you have real green thumb..

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    1. Thank you, Krishna. Have a beautiful day!

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  24. I do not think I have tried this. I will need to check were they are sold and how they are prepared. #WordlessWednesday

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    1. Our supply in Malaysia are imported from China over,the Lunar New year, around Jan-Feb. It can be cooked with leek n roast pork as a savoury dish or turned into chips by deep frying

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    2. Thank you, Ruth. Our country does not produce Arrowheads and we don't get to eat these all the year round.

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    3. Thank you, Lai Wah for your contribution. Have a good day!

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  25. it is the firts time I see them

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  26. Wow you planted arrowheads... So will be enough for next year? Hehehe...

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    1. Thank you, dear. They grew from the shoots I buried in the soil. Will have to see if they grow well and to produced tubers.

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  27. all that gardening makes me happy!

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    1. Thank you, Tanya. I love gardening and it makes me happy too!

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    1. Thank you, Jo-Anne. Have a nice day!

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  29. I am eagerly awaiting news of bulbs forming hehe. Probably not much chance of that.

    My mum sometimes plants a few bulbs in a pretty pot with pebbles inside. The whole plant is attractive enough. But yours is a good method since don't have to sacrifice any edible parts!

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    1. I never expected the arrowheads scrap to sprout. Hope to see something come out of it whether it is flowers or tubers.

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