40 Seeds Extra Long Luffa Gourd Seeds Sponge Gourd Ghosaval Lufa Loofa Seeds Chinese Okra Loofah Non-GMO HeirloomRegular price $13.99 Save $-13.99
|Plant or Animal Product Type||Vegetable|
|Material Feature||GMO Free|
|Special Feature||Extended Bloom Time|
|Expected Blooming Period||Spring|
|Sunlight Exposure||Full Sun|
|Product Care Instructions||Water|
|Number of Pieces||25|
About this item
- Luffa ( Luffa aegyptiaca) is a large gourd that takes much longer to grow than other gourds, about 90 to 120 days. And once the fruit has reached its mature size, you need to figure in several weeks for it to develop its tough inner fibers and dry on the vine before you can harvest it. That’s a total of 150 to 200 warm, frost-free days.
- Extra Long Luffa Gourd, also known as "Chinese Okra," or "Sponge Gourd," is a prolific, vigorous variety that produces extra long gourds, up to 15 per plant
- It grows fast and may begin to flower only 2 months after seeding. The leaves of the bottle gourd are up to 15 inches wide, The bottle gourd flowers are borne singly on the axils of the leaves
- Luffa ( Luffa aegyptiaca and Luffa acutangula ), also known as loofah, vegetable sponge, or dishcloth gourds are grown mainly for their useful, fibrous tissue skeleton.
- Growing luffa gourds requires at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight for plants. Luffa sponges are made from drying and peeling the vegetable after it matures. Luffa plants also require loose, fertile and well draining soil for optimum growth. Much like cucumbers and zucchini, luffa plants need a lot of water to fruit.
- Luffa species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species, including Hypercompe albicornis. The luffa sponge is as biological cellular material. These materials often exhibit exceptional mechanical properties at low densities.
- Luffa seeds Compost Small plant pots Large clear plastic box with a lid Large plant pots or grow bags Secateurs Twine and canes (optional) Thermometer (optional)
- Planting Loofah Plants: If you live in a cooler climate, start your loofah seeds indoors about 6 weeks before the last frost date. Purchase new loofah seeds and soak them in water for 24 hours before planting. If you have a seed heat pad, use that to help germination – it really works and can save you a world of troubles!
- Materials 12 inch clean, dry loofah 48 ounces clear melt-and-pour soap base fragrance and/or soap coloring (optional)
- loofah. dishcloth gourd. Luffa cylindrica. rag gourd. sponge gourd. strainer vine. vegetable sponge. “The smooth luffa which is without ribs is commonly known as dishcloth gourd or sponge gourd.”
Needs support to grow this plant as it is a vine Germination: 10 to 15 days from sowing Features:- Bottle gourd is a vigorous, annual climbing plant, producing stems about 9 meters long. the leaves are simple (i.e., lobed or unlobed but not separated into leaflets)Leaf arrangement alternate: there is one leaf per node along the stem Moisture & Soil:- A plant of the moist, lowland tropics and subtropics. It can be grown at elevations up to 1,600 meters, but economic crops are only produced below 500 meters. It grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are within the range of 19 – 27°c but can tolerate 12 – 38°c Fruit & Flower:- The bottle gourd is a vigorous, annual, running, or climbing vine with large leaves and a lush appearance. It grows fast and may begin to flower only 2 months after seeding. The leaves of the bottle gourd are up to 15 inches wide, The bottle gourd flowers are borne singly on the axils of the leaves, the males on long peduncles and the females on short peduncles. The flowers are white and attractive, up to 4 inches in diameter, with spreading petals. Special Characteristics:-Immature fruit – cooked and used as a vegetable They can be boiled, steamed, fried, used in curries, added to stews, or made into fritters The leaves are mixed in water with the bark of Caryocar microcarpum and the leaves of Elephantopus scaber and used as a foot-bath remedy for fungal infections and microfilaria worms The crushed leaves are used as a poultice on haemorrhoidal swellings. A poultice of crushed leaves has been applied to the head to treat headaches NOTE For the highest quality, when the envelope is opened it should be planted out. Store the seeds in a dry place, do not place them in direct sunlight or high temperature.