Corchorus trilocularis

josie23(5)April 27, 2009

Do any of you have experience growing Corchorus trilocularis(Jew's Mallow, Jute)as an annual. I know its hardy to zone 10 and traditionally grows egypt, india, middle east etc.

My sister's MIL is from Lebanon and has some seeds, she would like me to try to grow this for her in my garden.

Any tips or suggestions from someone who has grown it would appreciated. I am also worried that it may be invasive. I can't find much on the Internet about growing this plant, and would welcome any imput.

Thx in advance

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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Hardy in zone 10 does not usually mean "invasive" in zone 5. Can't help much on the plant specifically.

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   April 27, 2009 at 4:05PM
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josie23(5)

More worried about it dropping thousands of seeds and escaping to other areas, than the plant itself surviving a winter here.

Garlic Mustard & Teasle spread primarly by seeds and they are causing all sorts of trouble around here. I would hate to accidently introduce another problem plant.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2009 at 9:47AM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

My experience with tender items like those hardy in Zone 10 is that their seed tends not be very winterproof - unlike native plants that count on the cold to break the seed dormancy. Now some tender plants may have seed that can survive northern US winters but most in my experience do not.

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   April 28, 2009 at 3:05PM
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chickencoupe

FYI

I stumbled across this post. It is hardy in zone 10 and 11, but treated as an annual in colder climates. It won't survive the colder winters.

I am hoping to grow this in zone 7a. Cannot find how long the growing season is, but I did find out it won't make our winters and is treated as an annual.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2013 at 1:13AM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Since this original post and my answers then, I've grown jew's mallow quite successfully in Western NY State. I harvested the greens for use early on in the season and let the plant grow after that. Pretty yellow flowers. If I had let it get bigger earlier, the seeds probably would have had a chance to mature. But they didn't quite have enough time before the killing frost. Even after harvesting regularly early on in the season, the plants still got to be 4-5' feet tall. Someone in zone 7 should have no problems growing it. Just direct sow when you would plant your tender items like tomatoes in the garden. That's what I did.

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   October 6, 2013 at 9:47AM
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chickencoupe

Thank you for that, Fata!

    Bookmark   October 6, 2013 at 8:46PM
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