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UK winter plants/flowers

Discussion in 'Tortoise Diet and Food' started by Emma11, Aug 30, 2019.

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  1. Emma11

    Emma11 New Member

    May 17, 2019
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    This will be my first winter with our 2 horsfields and I was wondering what plants/flowers people grow in the UK for them to feed on during autumn/winter?! All I have found so far is winter pansies 20190722_131741.jpeg
  2. Maro2Bear

    Maro2Bear Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Take a read here on grocery store foods. Once Winter sets in, you will have to grow your own and use grocery greens..

    Russian tortoises need broadleaf weeds. You will need to learn about the weeds near you and which ones are okay to feed or not. Pics can be posted here on the forum in the "Plant ID" section, or you can take samples to a local nursery. Look for dandelion, sow thistle, mallow, filaree, hawksbit, and many more. If you are not 100% sure that your source is free of pesticides and other chemicals, don't feed anything from there.

    You can grow your own food too. Here is one of my favorites: http://www.tortoisesupply.com/TestudoMix
    I also get lots of seeds here: http://www.groworganic.com

    If you must use grocery store foods I like to favor spring mix, endive and escarole heavily. Also add in carrot tops, cilantro, mustard, turnip and collard greens, and lots of other leafy greens.
    It is a good idea to add a product called "Salad Style" to grocery store greens to add some fiber: http://www.tortoisesupply.com/salad-style-food-topper/

    This is a new food topper and I like it a lot so far: http://www.tortoisesupply.com/HerbalHay
    You can also feed them grape, mulberry and hibiscus leaves, tender young spineless opuntia cactus pads, Mazuri tortoise chow and ZooMed Grassland tortoise food. Alternating and mixing up any of these foods will give your russian a good diet and meet its nutritional needs.

    Good luck!
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  3. RosemaryDW

    RosemaryDW Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    I don’t know if they pull out plants specifically by season but the Tortoise Table is UK based and has examples of common yard plants to feed at the top of their site. There are some potential house plants as well. Most people look at this site to use their database on plant safety but the “front” portion is worth a look.


    You could also take a look at Shelled Warriors, which is UK based. I don’t know that any of their seed mixes will work in winter but they will have options for you for pellet supplements (no shame in feeding pellet food in the winter; it’s got fiber and other things your tortoise can’t get from salad mix). They also have dried flowers and herbs which can help bulk up the grocery store plants you may need to rely on. Right now I see they are selling Pre Alpin Testudo as their pellet brand, it’s a good one. For dried items they sell a bunch of things but it would probably be easiest to start with the smallest bag of their mixed dried herbs (it’s actually all weeds) and another of their mixed dried flowers.
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