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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Mar 20, 2012 10:22 AM CST

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The Luffa operculata is the round luffa, sometimes called "Wild cucumber".

Has anyone grown this? We'd like to give it a try but are having a hard time finding seed!!!
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daylily
Mar 20, 2012 9:04 PM CST
I have not grown them, but I remember that one of the places I buy seeds has had them in their catalog. If you go to this link, there is one place to click for seed - the rest are products made from luffa. The don't give the scientific name though...??? Shrug!

https://www.superseeds.com/products.php?search=luffa
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threegardeners
Mar 20, 2012 10:14 PM CST
Is that the same wild cucumber that I've got growing all over the place? If so, I can maybe help with seeds Big Grin

They're awful small though...
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Mar 21, 2012 3:55 AM CST

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Thanks both of you.

Juli, it looks like Pinetree is just selling the regular elongated luffas.

Lee Anne, I'm not sure about that, actually. I'll talk to Trish (who is the one who is wanting these!) and see if that sounds right to her.
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chelle
Mar 21, 2012 4:19 AM CST
Chiltern might have it.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Mar 21, 2012 5:16 AM CST

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Indeed they do!

http://www.chilternseeds.co.uk/item_826q_luffa_operculata_se...

Thanks Chelle I tip my hat to you.
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chelle
Mar 21, 2012 5:21 AM CST
Hurray! You're welcome! Smiling
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Horseshoe
Mar 21, 2012 9:13 PM CST
I put some old seeds to soaking yesterday then put them in a germination test napkin today. If they show some promise I'll be in touch, Dave and Trish.

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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Mar 22, 2012 5:05 AM CST

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I tip my hat to you.

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