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Few flowers from the yard, safe as food?

seadogrun

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In an effort to keep a varied diet I'm curious if any of these(found in or around my yard in South Florida) are safe, good, or bad for my baby red foot.

Thank you all,

I used to eat the sweet drops out of these when I was a kid:









I will also grow a small garden, think 8 small pots. There will be basil and and oregano for humans, but is there anything you'd recommend specifically for tort diet?

Again Thanks,
 
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I'm also in South Florida. Are those house plant flowers? I don't recognize many of them.
Get yourself a few hibiscus plants. Water them and once they are established, you can 100% ignore them.
I have 5 and I never run out of fresh flowers or leaves.
They never require fertilizer or watering. Aside from rain.
Redfoot like bright colors. Especially red. So you can mix it up with a variety of hybrid hibiscus. Take advantage of the area we live in.
 

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Thanks, I do have hibiscus in the yard already. All of the flowers pictured came from outdoor shrubs or fallen from trees. I’ll stick with the hibiscus for now.
 

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I'm from South Florida and I remember the first ones too. Actually I see your in Pompano beach, I'm from Margate. We used to pull the long thing out if the middle and lick it when I was a kid
 

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I'm from South Florida and I remember the first ones too. Actually I see your in Pompano beach, I'm from Margate. We used to pull the long thing out if the middle and lick it when I was a kid
Yes, and you'd get 1 little drop of sweet nectar. I was wondering it they'd be safe. I'm going to stick to the basics and branch out as I gain experience.
 

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There's an app called " picture this " You take a picture of a plant and it tells you what it is. It's pretty accurate but if you have any doubts just don't feed it.
 

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Thanks, I do have hibiscus in the yard already. All of the flowers pictured came from outdoor shrubs or fallen from trees. I’ll stick with the hibiscus for now.
The 3rd photo looks like the flowers from my TRUMPET TREE.
My tortoises have eaten a lot of them. But I'm not sure if that's a good thing. I can just say that it won't harm them.
The 4th and 5th look like hybrid hibiscus. But I'm not certain. The petals. The stamen. The leaves look hibiscus.
I'd hate to say that it's safe without knowing. But I am assuming that they are.
 

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2 looks like white periwinkle, do not feed
5 if it grows on 2 to 3 foot stalks with narrow leaves, looks like purple ruelia (Mexican petunia) OK to eat
 

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The last picture, purple flower looks like what I feed mine, wild petunia
 

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@ZEROPILOT I'm in the Tampa area. I'm reaching out to you since you're in Florida as well. I'm not sure what weeds to feed my leopard tort (Frankie.) I have hibiscus plants in pots and they keep getting covered in aphids and mealy bugs and then they get pathetic looking & die. I just bought a new one and am going to sprinkle food grade diatomaceous on it and see if I can prevent the bugs. I have a Mexican petunia plant and Frankie likes the purple flowers but isnt digging the leaves yet. Any weeds that you are familiar with here that are safe? I buy dandelion leaves from sprouts and am trying to grow some from seeds as well...but they take a while to grow. I have a spineless cactus that he enjoys. I feel like I'm feeding him the same things all the time. He gets endive too...more often than he should because it's easy to find. Any suggestions?
 

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@ZEROPILOT I'm in the Tampa area. I'm reaching out to you since you're in Florida as well. I'm not sure what weeds to feed my leopard tort (Frankie.) I have hibiscus plants in pots and they keep getting covered in aphids and mealy bugs and then they get pathetic looking & die. I just bought a new one and am going to sprinkle food grade diatomaceous on it and see if I can prevent the bugs. I have a Mexican petunia plant and Frankie likes the purple flowers but isnt digging the leaves yet. Any weeds that you are familiar with here that are safe? I buy dandelion leaves from sprouts and am trying to grow some from seeds as well...but they take a while to grow. I have a spineless cactus that he enjoys. I feel like I'm feeding him the same things all the time. He gets endive too...more often than he should because it's easy to find. Any suggestions?
I grow Hibiscus, Purslane and cactus and I rotate them into my feeding. I also pull thistle out of my yard and feed it to my torts.
Soapy water in a spray bottle will kill those aphids. Soak the HELL out of them with dish soap and water. Then rinse them off.
 

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Oh, ok...I've tried the soapy water but didnt rinse it off. How long do you leave the soapy water on there?
What does your thistle look like? My yard is treated; however, there is a park in my sub with all kinds of weeds and it's not treated. Am I safe just pulling the grass and weeds and assuming all is safe for him? There is a lot of clover looking stuff and long leaf weeds.
 

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Oh, ok...I've tried the soapy water but didnt rinse it off. How long do you leave the soapy water on there?
What does your thistle look like? My yard is treated; however, there is a park in my sub with all kinds of weeds and it's not treated. Am I safe just pulling the grass and weeds and assuming all is safe for him? There is a lot of clover looking stuff and long leaf weeds.
I do occasionally pick edible weeds here and there. But it's a crapshoot. So I won't officially recommend doing that.
Lots of places like parks get treated for insects and weeds.
Most of my foraging is in the uninhabited outskirts of the Everglades.
 

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In an effort to keep a varied diet I'm curious if any of these(found in or around my yard in South Florida) are safe, good, or bad for my baby red foot.

Thank you all,

I used to eat the sweet drops out of these when I was a kid:









I will also grow a small garden, think 8 small pots. There will be basil and and oregano for humans, but is there anything you'd recommend specifically for tort diet?

Again Thanks,
The 3rd flower looks like a flower from my Trumpet tree.
My Redfoot eat them. My Koi eat them.
There are too many that fall to get even half of them before they get eaten.
I've seen no ill effect.
 

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