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Imagestarlight1153
Jan 13, 2014 8:07 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Found it. Horizon herbs has seed. growing directions provided too.

https://www.horizonherbs.com/product.asp?specific=1507
ImageMistirose
Jan 13, 2014 8:50 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
I believe they are on Amazon too
ImageCCvacation
Jan 13, 2014 11:05 PM CST
Name: CC
PA
Holy cannoli, you guys are good!

My research on it is gone, so I can't cite my source that said China is trying to keep the plant species from being exported. It seems that the info is incorrect, since we can purchase seeds in this country.

Interesting article on a Chinese farmer that grows this gourd...
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/food/2013-11/01/content_1707322...

So it seems that the seedlings require indirect light and lots of humidity, with a two month germination period. Also seems that the rootstock can be overwintered in a dormant state. I wonder how soon before it produces?
CC
soilsandup
Jan 14, 2014 12:07 AM CST
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
Thanks for the article, CC. I have never heard of this fruit before.
ImageCCvacation
Jan 14, 2014 7:28 AM CST
Name: CC
PA
This is a cool place to hang out, with tons of unexpected tidbits coming our way...

Talking of which... When I was obsessing about monk fruit, this came up...

I thought Misti was joking when she had cocoa seeds on her wish list... Didn't know southerners in zone 8 could cultivate that species successfully. Also didn't know that you eat the sweet football-sized fruit, then grind the seeds for cocoa to make chocolate! Now that's just cool!
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Imagestarlight1153
Jan 14, 2014 8:50 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Misti isn't the only one. Trying to find good Cocoa seeds though is hard. Now I tried some coffee seeds. After wrecking almost a hundred seeds, ( I drink tons and tons of coffee) than later I finally discovered how to get them to germinate.
ImageMistirose
Jan 14, 2014 9:21 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Care to share Star? LOL How DO you get them to germinate? oh yes I would love some cocoa seeds, but I know they are difficult as they need to be fresh.
Imagechelle
Jan 15, 2014 1:26 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I've winter sown just about 40 species so far; but while doing so, I've come up against another question. For Jonna and others who use the lidded container method: if certain containers of seeds don't sprout in the first season, what do you do with them? Do you just leave the lids on indefinitely? Wouldn't there need to be some significant air exchange in that amount of time? The ones I have so far that are still producing random sprouts after the first year are in open containers with drainage, and left outdoors in the elements and bright but indirect light, so they're quite a bit different. Shrug!
nbgard
Jan 15, 2014 3:11 PM CST
Name: Tonya Rose
Blanco, TX
Have any of you ever grown Yacon? http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/53721/#b
Tonya
Imagetcs1366
Jan 15, 2014 3:13 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
Anyone interested in Spicebush seeds,
http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view_post/1032163/
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

ImageJonnaSudenius
Jan 15, 2014 3:28 PM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
Chelle, all my containers with vermiculite keep their lids, even if they don't sprout the first year.
We have an extremely mild winter here, so I checked my containers that did't sprout last year. I found 13 containers that I sowed a year ago with germination. Mainly Allium, Iris, Helleborus.
I always keep the lids on 'old' containers. I hardly get any mould. If I get mould, I take it out with tweezers. Mostly mould will occur if there is chaff or empty seeds in the containers. Very seldom I get moss in my containers. I still don't know why. Maybe the vermiculite was a bit too wet. But even in those 'moss' containers I sometimes get germination.
So my advice is: keep the lids on the containers.


ImageJonnaSudenius
Jan 15, 2014 3:31 PM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
TCS. I'm interested in the seeds of the Spicebush
Imagestarlight1153
Jan 15, 2014 4:37 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
NBgarden... Somewhere, do a search here in this cubit I sent a link and a bit about the Yacon and a couple of others like it. It looks like something good to try and the one place I posted link for doesn't have them until spring sometime I think.

IMPORTANT FOR CHELLE AND JOSEPH Be careful opening up the big brown paper bag.

Trying to get the rest of what I can done, without making myself more work later as I wait for last two boxes to come in. I'll be tossing and choosing and adding til the day I get ready to mail.

WELLLLLLLLLLLL ....I just had me another major fright. Whistling

Now I am already jumpy mind you wondering what in the world is making all that noise. Is it alive or dead or what. Confused

Than I open the big brown paper bag that I got too and wonder why such a big bag for a few seeds. I opened the bag, looked inside, screamed, immediately closed it and tossed to the floor. Blinking Blinking

I didn't open bag all the way up and with shadow in bag thought there was a giant red worm or snake of some sort in it. Especially since the semi warm weather has brought the snakes back out. My heart is going pitty patter at triple time. Bring out the aspirin bottle time and get my chest to settle back down.

When my brain finally engaged to what I had really seen in the bag, I carefully picked it up . Reopened it, this time all the way and breathed a giant sigh of relief.

Can't tell ya what is in it, only that it not a worm or a snake. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing So don' go flinging it like I did or ya may just lose one of your goodies.

Heart rate 329.... 276.... 242.... 197.... Whistling Hilarious!
Imagechelle
Jan 15, 2014 5:05 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Thanks for the information, Jonna! Group hug
Oh! You got iris sprouts! Big Grin I'm green with envy. One of my three year-old trays are still sprout-less so far. Hilarious!


Oh, Ella...now ya got me wondering just what's in there. Whistling Rolling on the floor laughing
Deebie
Jan 15, 2014 9:06 PM CST
Name: Deborah
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!
TCS if there is still some spicebush seeds available, I'd like to try growing them.
ImageMistirose
Jan 15, 2014 9:50 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Think anyone who wants the spicebush would need to reply to JBs post or cmail her. Lovey dubby

Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Star you crack me up Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Imagetcs1366
Jan 16, 2014 7:38 AM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
here is the thread for the Spicebush.

http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view/77783/
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

Imagestarlight1153
Jan 16, 2014 11:53 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Those of you who this practice, maybe can help. Said I would lend a hand to the seniors program.

http://cubits.org/salsagarden/thread/view/77865/
Imagestarlight1153
Jan 16, 2014 12:48 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Oh and while your busy visiting the other sites ya hang out at, don't forget to mention The Seed Cellar to folks looking for tomato and pepper seeds, sweet to hot. That's Patti's store and has just listed more new items.

http://cubits.org/TheSeedCellar/
Imagestarlight1153
Jan 17, 2014 11:00 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Greene Your post has now moved to here: Smiling

http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view/77875/

Got to make me one there too for something else.

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