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Homegrown weeds

Discussion in 'Tortoise Diet and Food' started by Sol33, Feb 21, 2018.

  1. Sol33

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    Hi, I was looking to see if anyone had any ideas for where I can find weed seeds to grow at home? I know that they sell a lot of packs of mixes online but where I live (Hong Kong) I can't ship live things internationally and seeds are considered live so thats not an option. Does anyone have any ideas for where I could find some? Thanks!
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    Wat are you looking to grow, exactly?

    Do you really need to grow western “weeds”? I would think there are things available to buy in markets near you that are wonderful food; Asians eat many things that westerners consider weeds. We don’t reference those foods here much because most members are not in Asia or don’t have access to a broader range of foods. I live in a place with many Asian and Indian residents and as a result can get some great foods fairly easily.

    Do you have access to any open stall markets? We can give you some tips on foods to look for.
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    Greetings Sol33,
    Steven here maybe able to help you out some. @bouaboua
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    I'm under the impression that leopard tortoises are a grazing species and therefore need weeds? Correct me if I'm wrong though. I understand that they need an emphasis on grass so I'm growing some right now. I don't know about any foods that would be considered weeds that Asians eat...
    I do have access to open stall markets but I can't trust them because they use pesticides. Thanks!
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    Oh I see. Yes, they are grazers.

    Okay, you are going to have grass. Can you get any of these: cactus; shahi; okra leaves and stems; mallow leaves and stems; methi (fenugreek); grape leaves, squash leaves and stems (any kind); cucumber or bittermelon leaves and stems; sourleaf (gongura); cilantro; ong choy (also called Chinese Spinach, river spinach, Taiwanese spinach, and water spinach!); sweet potato leaves and stems?

    I know it’s not the same but here are some foods available at an Iranian market near me: https://tortoiseforum.org/threads/the-tortoise-chef.153728/page-4#post-1496328. It includes seeds used as spices that you could grow, along with some dried flowers and herbs that can be used for supplementation.

    @Jodie feeds leopards in a place where she can’t always get weeds; here is a nice thread she wrote that includes supplemental foods: https://tortoiseforum.org/threads/winter-feeding-way-up-north.162300/

    I would post this question in the leopards sub forum and also the sulcata forum. There will be owners who don’t have the option to graze and feed their tortoises dry grasses or prepared foods.

    Good luck!
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    Thank you so much! I definitely have chia seeds at home so thats great! Should I grow the chia seeds or feed them the seeds directly?
    I also have camomile at home in the form of tea bags. Do you think that I could cut the bags open and feed the herbs? Thank you so much again!
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    Grow the plant; they won’t eat seeds. :)

    You can try using the teabags; the flower heas will be a little more broken down. Not every tortoise eats fresh chamomile; I don’t know how popular dried chamomile will be. You’d probably want to try mixing a little bit into their regular food at first. If you can get hibiscus, I think they will be more likely to eat it. They like the color red.
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    Ok, thank you so much this is very helpful. About the hibiscus, my tort doesn't want to have anything to do with it. :)
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    They are so stubborn! Especially if they’ve been on the same food for a while.
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    I've only had Sol for 4-5 months and she's not a hatchling so she's been on pet store food for a long time. It's going to be hard to correct :)
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    Check out Chinese sellers on ebay for seed varieties that you may want. They might not be organic so be verry careful when buying.. Just change the search filter to Chinese sellers only.
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    Yes I tried that before, but hk laws are simply so strict they won't even accept seeds from china!! They're quite paranoid about spreading disease here... thanks though.
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    We are originally Spanish so we go to Spain during the summer holidays. I'll try to get a shipment there and sneak it into hong kong
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    Wow that's nuts! I didn't expect that they can't sell to their own nation! And summugling seeds might not be a good idea if you get caught you could see a hefty fine and no seeds.
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    I think I can risk it if I put it into the baggage that u can just check in, they don't scan or check that. :)
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