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parasitic/hemiparasitic plants?

Discussion in 'Aquaponics Ideas' started by oceansgreen, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. oceansgreen

    oceansgreen New Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    so upon all my research of organic food production and growing of many many varieties of plants, i have determined that i would like to use aquaponics in a walipini greenhouse to grow anything that is unable to grow in my zone
    one such plant
    is commonly called "Indian Warrior" it is a plant that is hemiparasitic
    in other words, it is capable of growing on its own but prefers to grow by being a parasite and leeching nutrients off of the roots of other plants, commonly manzanita bushes in its native climate

    my question is, how likely is it to grow hemiparasitic plants in an aquaponics system?
    if possible it would be preferred because hemiparasitic plants such as this will collect toxins from poison oak and such if they are in the surrounding soil, meaning that if you had an aquaponics bed devoted to them you could guarantee that they would not be absorbing any toxins it would otherwise receive

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