Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Trying to find soapberry trees

Do any of you know where I can find some soapberry trees or seeds? My friend Cathy asked me about them the other day - it would be great to find some.

This is what I'm looking for:

http://www.floridata.com/ref/s/sapi_sap.cfm

It's apparently carried at a nursery in Jacksonville, but a source for seed would be even cooler.

Any ideas?

8 Comments:

At June 26, 2013 at 2:30 PM , Blogger jean said...

I wonder if Grenada has any of those? Must check that out.

 
At June 26, 2013 at 4:59 PM , Blogger Karen S said...

Chiappini's Native Nursery in Melrose has them but is wholesale...perhaps he could recommend his customers that would have them for sale.

 
At June 26, 2013 at 7:06 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

I'll get in touch with them. I have a nursery license, so wholesale is great. And, even better, that's not too far from me. Thanks a bunch, Karen!

 
At June 27, 2013 at 5:13 PM , Blogger MyamuhNative said...

There is a couple here in Inverness that sells soap nuts at the Farmers market downtown.
They are also readily available online- just search for soap nuts.
I bought some to try in the laundry and made a ginger lemon soap nut shampoo that I found on a forum. I swear it sucked every atom of oil out of my hair and not in a good way.

 
At June 27, 2013 at 5:35 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

Yes - I've seen them for sale, though they're always the husks without the seeds.

I'll have to remember to not to use them for shampoo. My wife has hair down to her waist... sounds like soapnut shampoo would be a disaster.

Thanks for stopping in!

 
At June 28, 2013 at 6:27 PM , Blogger MyamuhNative said...

Actually these folks also sell the seeds.

 
At June 28, 2013 at 7:06 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

Nice! I haven't had any luck at the closer farmer's markets.

If you manage to nab a couple dozen seeds, I'll happily trade you some cassava cuttings for them, or pay you via paypal.

 
At June 29, 2013 at 4:57 PM , Blogger MyamuhNative said...

I'll try and find them and see what I can get.
Will let you know...

 

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