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Posted - 06/23/2006 :  06:30:38 AM  Show Profile  Visit castelfam7625's Homepage Send castelfam7625 a Private Message
Does anyone have a source that I could buy indigo plants from, mail order or internet? I tried growing from seed and came very close to finding out what dye colors dead squirrels produce after they ate my efforts (The squirrels and I have been at war since they tried to build a condo in my roof this winter). To avoid another nasty scene, I'd rather buy a few plants. The only ones I've benn able to find locally or on a google search are false indigo plants and that won't obviously work.


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Posted - 06/23/2006 :  07:18:37 AM  Show Profile Send MMario a Private Message
I've never seen indigo plants for sale - which doesn't mean there isn't someone out there doing it.

and that goes for the Japenese Indigo (which is a different species) as well.

MMario - I don't live in the 21st century - but I play a character who does.
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Posted - 06/23/2006 :  08:58:34 AM  Show Profile Send Fivefibers a Private Message
I think there is usually someone at Maryland who sells a wide variety of dye plants. How about a local plant nursery?

Indigo planting first became noteworthy in colonial South Carolina, thanks to Debra Pinckney.

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Posted - 06/23/2006 :  09:46:16 AM  Show Profile  Visit Boogie's Homepage Send Boogie a Private Message
Every fiber festival I've been to has someone selling plants. Someone told me they're delicate and don't ship well. Could be mistaken but that's what I heard.

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Gabber Extraordinaire

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Posted - 07/02/2006 :  02:59:57 AM  Show Profile Send GaiaDea a Private Message
I know I have seen at least one ad on ebay for powdered indigo, but I don't remember if it had been processed in any other way other than dried and ground. It was advertized as being for dying though. As I remember, it was a reasonable price for a half pound or so of the powder.

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