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Katuk - Green (Sauropus androgynus) 1G

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Katuk, Star Gooseberry, Sweet Leaf (Sauropus androgynus) - Live Plant 🌿

🌱 Grow Your Own Nutrient Powerhouse!

Experience the incredible resilience and nutrition of Katuk, the ultimate permaculture plant! This heat-tolerant survivor requires no irrigation, fertilizers, or amendments. It's a perennial vegetable that continues to yield year after year in warm climates, saving you replanting efforts. It’s ideal for Florida and other similar climates 9+.

🌾 Nutrient-Rich Delight: Katuk boasts high protein content, essential minerals, and a burst of chlorophyll/phytonutrients. Its nutty flavor, reminiscent of peas or peanuts, adds a delightful twist to your culinary creations.

🌳 Bushy Marvel: This perennial bush can reach heights of over 6 feet, but we recommend maintaining it between 3 to 6 feet for easy access, harvesting & overall fullness in the garden, landscape or container.

Key Plant Details:

  • 🌿 Size: Ships in a 1-gallon pot.
  • ☀️ Light: Thrives in full to partial sun.
  • 🏞️ Soil: Adapts to various soil types.
  • 🌡️ Hardiness Zones: Ideal for zones 9-12.
  • 🍀 Growth Habit: Bushy, perennial, low maintenance.

Is this plant for you?

🥗 Health Enthusiasts: Nutrient-packed Katuk is a must-have for those seeking nutritious greens. 🍽️ Culinary Adventurers: Elevate your dishes with the unique, nutty flavor of Katuk. 🏡 Wildlife Guardians: Provide shelter and food for birds in your garden.

Who Should Pass on Katuk?

❄️ Cold Climate Dwellers: If you live in regions with harsh winters, Katuk may not thrive.

Harvesting and Savoring Katuk: Your Culinary Adventure 🌿🍴

Unlock the culinary potential of Katuk with our guide to harvesting and creating delectable dishes. This versatile perennial vegetable, revered for its high protein content and rich chlorophyll, offers a world of flavor possibilities. Discover how to harvest and use Katuk in your kitchen, along with its traditional and folk uses from across the globe.

Harvesting Katuk:

  • Freshness All Year: Katuk is your year-round green delight. Harvest at will, plucking fresh leaves and tender stems.
  • Easy Picking: Gather Katuk with ease—pinch or snip young leaves and tender stem tips. This ensures not only exquisite flavor but also encourages robust growth.

Culinary Delights:

  1. Lively Salads: Elevate your salads with Katuk's nutty goodness. Combine with greens, veggies, and dressing for a fresh, flavorful twist.
  2. Stir-Fry Marvel: Katuk's tender leaves and stems shine in stir-fries. Sauté with your favorite proteins, veggies, and seasonings.
  3. Smoothie Sensation: Boost smoothies with a handful of Katuk leaves. Their mild, nutty profile complements fruity blends.
  4. Hearty Soups: Add Katuk as a leafy green in soups and stews. Flavor and nutrients in one sensational ingredient.
  5. Pesto Power: Whip up a unique pesto by blending Katuk with nuts, garlic, olive oil, and Parmesan. Ideal for pasta, bread, or dipping.
  6. Worldly Influence: Katuk has global appeal. In Southeast Asia, it's cherished in traditional dishes like "Sayur Asem" and "Lalab."

Global Delights:

  • Indonesia: Katuk shines in Indonesian cuisine, enriching soups, stews, and salads with its unique flavor.
  • Malaysia: Known as "Cekur Manis," it adds depth to Malaysian curries and stir-fries.
  • Philippines: Katuk finds its place in "sinigang," a tangy Filipino soup.
  • Africa: As "Mchicha" in Swahili, Katuk graces African recipes, adding vibrancy to various dishes and sauces.

Elevate your culinary journey by incorporating Katuk, the protein-packed, chlorophyll-rich wonder, into your recipes. Whether you're exploring global traditions or crafting your own, Katuk brings a unique, nutritious twist. Embrace its vibrant taste, and savor the healthful benefits. Your taste buds and well-being will thank you! 🌿🍴

Planting and Care: Your Path to Katuk Abundance

  1. 🌞 Where to Plant for Thriving Katuk: To ensure your Katuk thrives, select a sunny location where it can bask in the sun's glory for a minimum of 6-8 hours daily. Katuk revels in sunlight and will reward you with abundant growth when given the right light conditions.
  2. 🌱 How to Plant Your Katuk: When transplanting your Katuk, pay careful attention to the depth of planting. Keep the top of the root ball just below ground level, ensuring that you don't bury it too deep. This planting method provides your Katuk with optimal access to sunlight and nutrients. Additionally, be diligent about compacting the soil firmly around the transplant to offer stability and facilitate nutrient absorption.
  3. 🌧️ Caring for Your Katuk the Organic Way: Embrace organic gardening practices to nurture your Katuk. One effective technique is mulching with hardwood species. This organic mulch serves a dual purpose: it conserves moisture, preventing soil dehydration, and enriches the soil as it gradually breaks down over time. By opting for organic methods, you not only promote sustainable gardening but also ensure your Katuk receives the best care possible.
  4. 🏡 Indoor Katuk Care for Enthusiasts: If you're an indoor gardening enthusiast, you'll be delighted to know that Katuk can thrive indoors as well. To maintain a flourishing indoor Katuk, adhere to these guidelines:
    • Provide Adequate Sunlight: Katuk, even indoors, craves sunlight. Place your indoor Katuk in a south-facing window where it can soak up the sun's rays for optimal growth.
    • Maintain Moderate Temperatures: Keep indoor temperatures within the range of 75-85°F (24-29°C). Katuk thrives in these moderate temperature conditions, ensuring its continued health and vibrancy.

By following these comprehensive planting and care instructions, you'll embark on a journey to Katuk abundance. Whether in your outdoor garden or as an indoor companion, Katuk is ready to thrive with the right care and attention. Experience the joy of growing this versatile and nutritious perennial vegetable today! 🌿🌱

Don't miss the chance to grow this nutritional powerhouse! Order Katuk now and enjoy its endless benefits. 🌿🌟

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Inventory for our online store is located at a separate facility and are priced and handled exclusively for packaging & shipping.
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, including countless more nursery selections ready for pickup - larger sizes and wider variety of plants not suitable for nationwide delivery.

1. Shipping Stress: Transportation can be stressful for plants, particularly when they spend several days in a confined, dark environment. It’s common for plants to experience leaf drop during this period. Rest assured, most plants typically recover quickly and thrive with minimal aftercare. However, some may need extra attention, love, and care, requiring appropriate watering and exposure to gentle light post-unboxing.

2. Potential Physical Damage: Despite our dedicated efforts to ensure that your plants are securely packaged, they may incur damage during shipping and handling by UPS. Rest assured, our shipping team is committed to packing your selections with utmost care and precision to minimize any potential harm.

  • For significant box damage, please reach out to UPS within 30 days to initiate a claim.

  • For minor damages, such as a broken branch or stem, we advise allowing the plant time to recover and regenerate with proper care and attention.

3. Long-Distance Shipping Considerations: Orders shipped over long distances, particularly to the western US, may take 3 - 5 business days to arrive due to various factors, including agricultural inspections in Arizona, California, and Texas. Such extended transit times can be particularly challenging for tender, young plants, affecting their quality due to prolonged confinement.

  • We take additional measures during packaging to facilitate a swift recovery of the plants upon unboxing.

  • Initial extra care and attention might be required over the first few weeks post-transport.

For further guidance, kindly review our detailed policies on returns and refunds, as well as our comprehensive plant care guide. We appreciate your understanding and patience in nurturing your new plants.


🌿 Important Shipping Information

Please take a moment to review our shipping protocols designed to ensure your plants arrive in optimal condition.

  • Countdown Clock: At the top of our online store, you'll notice a countdown clock. This tool helps communicate our weekly shipping schedule, providing clarity on when you can expect your orders to be dispatched.

  • Shipping Schedule: Our nursery, located in the heart of Central Florida, ships orders once weekly, every Monday. This is a strategic decision to prevent packages from being stationary over the weekends, ensuring that our plants travel as swiftly as possible across the country, even reaching as far as California.

  • Shipping Method: At present, we offer ground shipping rates to meet various needs while maintaining the well-being of our plants during transit.

  • Our Dedicated Team: We are a boutique nursery with a passionate team. Our members wear many hats, contributing to shipping, nursery operations, and engaging in valuable local projects. As we blossom and expand, rest assured that enhancing and streamlining our processes remains a priority to serve you better




Terms and Conditions for Purchasing Live Plants


1. Understanding of Shipping Stress

By purchasing live plants from our store, the customer acknowledges that transportation can be stressful for plants. It is common for plants to undergo leaf drop or experience other temporary issues during shipping. However, it is understood that most plants recover quickly with adequate care and attention post-shipping.

2. Awareness of Potential Physical Damage

Customers acknowledge that despite our best efforts in packaging, there may be occurrences of damage during shipping and handling. For substantial damages to the package, customers agree to contact UPS within 30 days to initiate a claim.

3. Acknowledgement of Long-Distance Shipping Considerations

Customers recognize that shipments, especially those directed to the western US, may be subjected to longer shipping durations of 3-5 business days. Customers agree to provide necessary care to the plants, recognizing that the quality of the plants may be affected due to prolonged shipping times.

4. Agreement with Shipping Information and Schedule

Customers, by making a purchase, have reviewed and agreed upon our shipping protocols and schedules. They acknowledge the presence of a countdown clock on the website and our once-weekly shipping policy every Monday, recognizing the rationale behind avoiding weekend layovers for the plants.

5.Extreme Weather Conditions

Customers acknowledge that our store is not responsible for damage or loss of live plants due to extreme weather conditions during transit and delivery. This includes exposure to cold or freezing temperatures during the winter months and extreme heat during the summer. We provide tracking information when orders are processed every Monday to ensure customers are aware of the delivery schedule. It is the customer's responsibility to prevent packages from being left outside in conditions that may cause damage. Our store does not accept responsibility for any adverse effects caused by weather conditions beyond our control.

6. No Refund Policy

Customers agree that refunds are only processed under exceptional circumstances. Our store will not be held responsible for poor plant choices relative to location suitability, extreme conditions during and/or post-shipment, and improper post-purchase plant care.

7. Responsibility of Care

Upon purchase, customers agree to assume full responsibility for the ongoing care of the plants. This includes, but is not limited to, appropriate watering, exposure to suitable light, and adherence to specific care instructions pertinent to each plant type.

8. Consent

By proceeding with this purchase, customers consent to all the terms and conditions stated above, confirming understanding and agreement to all stipulations mentioned.

These terms and conditions aim to ensure clarity, mutual understanding, and agreement between the seller and the customer to facilitate a smooth transaction and foster a positive customer experience.

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