How to Grow Ice Plant Vertically in VGROW TOWER?
Ice Plant Salad has a crunchy texture and a gentle saltiness. This versatile vegetable can be enjoyed raw, included in salads, steeped in boiling water to make tea, or even included in stir-fries.
Is ice plant good for health?
Ice plants contain few calories since they are made primarily of water. The fruit is high in vitamin A, B and C, mineral salts, and isoflavones – phytochemicals which act as anti-cancer, anti-menopausal, anti-heart disease, anti-osteoporosis compounds.
Thick, fleshy leaves and stems covered with shimmering silvery dots. Crushed foliage is used as soap substitute. Easy culture.
Plant Height: 10cm
Crop Time: 195+ days
Perennial plant with succulent type foliage which is covered in bumps giving it a frozen icy appearance. Leaves and stems of plant are edible fresh and can be used as a spinach substitute or can be pickled. Ice plant leaves have a salty acid flavour. Crushed foliage can be used as a substitute for soap. Prefers well drained soil and tolerates poor soil nutrition. Medicinal herb with a history of having been used as a diuretic. Also known as “Common Ice Plant” or “Salty Ice Plant”.
Slightly acid-flavoured leaves are boiled and eaten like spinach.
How long can Ice plant be harvested?
Ice plant can be harvested approx. 3 months after sowing.
how to increase germination success?
You can put the seeds in the water for 12 to 24 hours before putting them into VGermimix. This will increase the germination rate of the seeds.
Does ice plant need sunlight? can it be grown indoor?
Ice plant require full sunlight, ideal temperature is between 10-25C. Therefore we recommend you to grow with VGROW INDOOR, where there will be sufficient light source and room temperature to cater for growth. Do check out some of our available plans
How do i grow the ice plant? can i plant it at the balcony?
Ice plant grows well in cold climate. Between 15 to 22 degree Celsius. Not suitable in hot climate.
How to grow ice plant seeds?
Ice plant is a popular health vegetable in recent years. It is rich in nutrients and is good for people with high blood pressure, diabetes… Let’s explore how to grow ice plant from seeds
1. Prepare VGermimix and Ice Plant seeds
Prepare your VGROW TOWER, preferably VGROW INDOOR, as the iced plants may not be able to withstand our local climate.
2. Germinate Ice Plant Seeds
Ice plant seeds germinate quickly in a cool and ventilated place. You can usually see the germination within 72 hours. Although the germination is simple, we also need to ensure that the VGermimix is slightly moist, and we can spray the surface of the VGermimix from a distance every night. Moreover, ice plants are not the same as other vegetables. After germination, they will grow long without sunlight, so we must let them see the weak sunlight in time to grow better.
When ice plants grow longer and denser, we need space them 10-15cm apart. Otherwise, if the seedlings are too dense, they will be prone to poor growth. When the iced plant’s seedlings grow to about 5 cm, they can be transplanted into VGROW TOWER. Remember to transplant in the evening or night when it is cooler, be gentle with them as the leaves are easily pinched.
Ice plants need fertile soil for growth, we can add VFERT directly in the VGROW TOWER when transplanting. After all, they are consumed by people. VFERT contains microbial inoculants, it’s a kind of biological fertilizer that contains a lot of beneficial bacteria, which can improve the environment of the growth for ice plants.