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I'm gonna plant these for my crabbies!

Discussion in 'Foods, Treats & Home Recipes.' started by j'field, Oct 18, 2009.

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  1. j'field

    j'field Hi, I'm New Here!

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    Question is are the safe or edible for them before I plant? :)

    I have done abit of research on what kind of plants, flowers and herbs suitable for them. But I am posting here to double confirm just incase that I am wrong. I do not wanna poison or kill my crabbies as a result.

    Better safe than sorry rite!

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    Hermies4Ever (Large Crab)

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    Hermies love dandelions!!!
     
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    cococrisp "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    I'm pretty sure about the chives and dill. I think they are ok but I've never heard of this Sprouting seeds salad thing.
     
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    emmac350 "Fourth Molt In Progress"

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    Alfalfa is safe, dill is on the unsafe list, chives aren't (they're a close relative of onions, which aren't safe), and I'm not sure on marigolds. I don't think they are safe - they're naturally insecticidal, which would make me lean towards them not being safe.
     
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    Mckenny "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    According to the "Epicurean Hermit", a website devoted to foods for hermies, both safe and unsafe, Marigolds are on the safe list.
    But...ONLY the Flowers of the dill plant are safe. So I wouldn't plant it in there with them.
     
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    cococrisp "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    Sorry. I knew I heard the two on one list. I was not sure which.;)
     
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    Mckenny "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    I wasn't sure either so I went back through my notes. :)
     
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    cococrisp "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    They must have stuck somehow in my sad atemp to memorize the safe and unsafe food list.:rolleyes:
     
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    Mckenny "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    Oh good grief!! Memorize them?! I can't remember what I had for breakfast. :D
    Chuckle chuckle...I had to copy/paste the lists in a folder that I made for Hermit Crab Info. When I come across something that is good info, I copy it, with the person's name, and save it to the Hermit Crab Folder and make little folders inside of it with different titles, depending what the info is about. When I come across some new info, I just open up the folder and put it where it belongs.

    I found that I have to first paste it to Microsoft Word or Open Office (which is free and un-buggy), then copy/paste it to my Hermit crab folder. I can't copy/paste directly from the forum to my Folder. :(

    Oh well, just thought I'd share. :)
     
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    j'field Hi, I'm New Here!

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    OMG, now I am confuse :confused:

    Some say safe, others say unsafe. So is safe or not safe? :(

    Anyway, sorry if I cause any confusion in here.
     
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    cloie74 "Second Molt, A Success"

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    Go back and read carefully, dill is safe but only the flowers not the plant itself, Marigolds are fine, and chives are a member of the onion family which is bad for them.
    Alfalfa sprouts are PROBABLY ok too but dont seem to be on a list anywhere.
    There is an AWESOME and ever growing Safe/nonsafe food list here: Safe and Unsafe Food Lists
    It is a great site to learn about crabbie diet and recipes as well, have fun, it's a great site!
     
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    j'field Hi, I'm New Here!

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    Thanks cloie74, yes. I got my info from your link and found this. :confused:
    And Alfalfa is second on the list of the Edible food list. :)

    MOST POPULAR EDIBLE FLOWERS

    (These are the most commonly consumed flowers of the eighty edible
    varieties.)

    * Borage blossoms (Borago officinalis)-Tiny blue flowers have
    slight cucumber flavor.
    * Calendula flowers (Calendula officinalis)-Also known as "pot
    marigolds", multi-colored blooms with a peppery taste. Sometimes
    called "poor man's saffron"
    * Carnation flowers (Dianthus caryophyllus)-Red, pink, and
    white blossoms with clove taste.
    * Chamomile flowers (Chamaemilum nobile)-Daisy-like flowers
    with a slight hint of apple flavor. Especially good for parrots when
    calming influence is needed.
    * Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)-the lavander-pink pom pom
    flower is actually composed of many small florets. Flowers have a mild
    onion flavor.
    * Marigolds flowers (Tagetes signata pumila)-Bright yellow and
    orange flowers with citrus flavor.
     
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    cloie74 "Second Molt, A Success"

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    yep that means the flowers of those plants are A-ok for them but the plant itself (Stems and leaves)probably isnt.
     
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    j'field Hi, I'm New Here!

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    Thanks cloie74 :)
     
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    Hermies4Ever (Large Crab)

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    Just check out Vckums' "Safe And Unsafe" food lists. . .
     
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    does anybody know if i can plant wild rice in my crabitat?
     
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    Hermies4Ever (Large Crab)

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    I believe you can. After all, wild rice is safe, and hermit crabs love it!
     
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    xAizaOnigirix (Small Crab)

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    How would these plants grow in a sand and coconut soil substrate...?

    Also... where can i see this foods list? i only find a few at a time and i don't know what's reliable...
     
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    xAizaOnigirix (Small Crab)

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    well apparently hermies love rice but the only problem is rice has to grow in water from what i know. Here's a picture to show how it grows- http://www.traveljournals.net/pictures/l/1/16994-rice-field-takayama-japan.jpg
    I'm not sure if all of it grows submerged, though.
    If you live in a buggy area, too, beware that planting rice is an invitation to malaria. But if your tank is secure, i think you're good =]
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  20. cloie74

    cloie74 "Second Molt, A Success"

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    It is tough to grow plants because 1 the crabs are always climbing and nibbeling on them and the salt water (If you mist) Kills them too.
    You would have to have a pot in there with soil, but alot of those soils are treated with harmful fertilizer chemicals so you have to be really careful.

    I prefer to have a small herb garden in my kitchen window sil and just snip the safe stuff for them and mix it with their food, it is less hassle and less mess.
    Here is the safe/unsafe food list:
    http://www.hermitcrabsrus.com/forum/foods-treats-home-recipes/2003-safe-food-list.html
    http://www.hermitcrabsrus.com/forum/foods-treats-home-recipes/2004-unsafe-food-list.html
     
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