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    I've just opened a bought packet of Tromboncino seed and was surprised to find it's unlike any Cucurbita I remember meeting.

    I just wanted to check that all is as it should be. Is this actually Trombonicino seed?

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  • #2
    Just had a look at our Tromba d'Albenga seeds (which I believe is a synonym) and they look like pretty standard moschata seeds, nothing like the above.

    Is it possible you received seeds for the Italian snake gourd 'cuccuzza'? https://www.theitaliangardenproject....lian-heirlooms

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    • Galina
      Galina commented
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      I agree with you Triffid. These are lagenaria siceraria seeds, or gourd seeds. Trombo seeds look identical to butternut squash seeds, Jang. Never mind. These have white flowers, but the fruit must be eaten at a very young stage. Or it grows to inedible, woody alphorn proportions. Trombo can be pretty massive too, but these are even longer, full sized. Hope you are not too disappointed Jang.

  • #3
    Ah, thank you both and well spotted, Triffid. I really couldn’t see how these could be Cucurbita moschata seeds.
    Images of seeds don’t appear very frequently, so very good to have such a clear image of the gourd seeds as confirmation.

    I am a little frustrated as I was looking forward to growing Tromboncino for the first time but I hope there is still time to find some replacement seeds. I think the gourd is a little beyond my capacity for this year. Perhaps another year. At least now the mystery is solved.

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    • Galina
      Galina commented
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      Plenty of time to grow. I am also planning on growing them up an obelisk, so that the fruits hang down straight. Just saw them advertised on Amazon and the seller has nicked my photo of the one where we had to take the greenhouse pane out in order to get it out, because it grew up the staging down again and then the front got squashed against the greenhouse glass pane.
      Last edited by Galina; 07-04-2021, 11:38.

    • Galina
      Galina commented
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      Franchi has them both right next to each other, sorry you had the confusion, but they are easy to replace.

    • triffid
      triffid commented
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      Yes I would have thought you still have ample time to source them. May I ask which company supplied you with the 'tromboncino' gourd seeds?

  • #4
    It’s a great photo, Galina. Something of a compliment I suppose but a huge cheek nevertheless.

    The company I got them from is Seekay. I’ve had quite a lot of seed from them and they’ve been reliable otherwise. I’m in correspondence with them. They shrugged off my first email by saying they had the seed from a very reputable UK source and there had never been any problem before. I persisted and they were a little more convinced, saying
    “I shall have a chat with the supplier and see what they have to say about this. We have had these for over 6 years from them with no issues at all so I am slightly surprised that this could be the case. I shall get back to you when they respond to us. Sadly this could be a week or so as they are super busy and have limited contact at present due to Covid etc.”

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    • Galina
      Galina commented
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      I don't think Seekay stock gourds at all and they have now withdrawn these seeds. Hope you are getting the right ones soon.

  • #5
    I guess the fact that they’ve withdrawn the seeds suggests that they did take my suggestions seriously after their initial stock response. No offer of a refund though!

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