Extra Long Smooth Edible Luffa Sponge Gourd Seeds for plantingRegular price $10.99 Save $-10.99
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Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
Fruit Seeds, Vegetable Seeds
Edible Extra Long Smooth Luffa - Sponge Gourd - Luffa Gourd
(Luffa aegyptiaca), Organic NON-GMO Fresh Vegetable Seeds
EASY TO GROW!
Luffa Gourds are considered to be an annual crop. This means that the plants will grow quickly from freshly harvested seeds, later developing fruits and seeds within a single growing season.
If allowed to mature, the fruit will contain large seeds, which can be gutted from the Gourd, later to be dried, and then saved for the next growing season.
Luffa Gourds can be harvested within 90 days after the first sprouts appear.
- Material: Plant
- Seed Color: Black
- Style: Annual
- Variety: Vegetables
- Climate: Temperate
- Full-bloom Period: Summer
- Harvesting Season: Autumn
- Soil Type: Deep Soil, Moist, Sandy Loam Soil Rich in Organic Matter
- Occasion: Home, Garden, Outdoor, etc.
1. Soak seeds overnight before planting.
2. Sow in warmth (65 degrees +) 15mm deep from 4 weeks prior to the last frost undercover. (18-22 days to germinate)
3. Remove weaker seedlings as they do not transplant well.
4. When 7-10cm high gradually acclimatize outdoors after all danger of frost has passed.
5. Site the plants in a warm, sheltered position with good drainage, these will need full sun and warmth to thrive and sturdy support. (110 days from germination)
6. Plant out at least 60cm apart and avoid feeding or the crop will be reduced. They will start slow and when established and with warmer weather will quickly accelerate.
7. Keep moist throughout the summer and stop watering in autumn as fruits mature.
8. In autumn, mature gourds will begin to turn brown and dry turning yellow/brown, feel light with the outside skin loose.
9. Harvest the remaining fruit before the first frost and mature in a warm, well-ventilated position. When fully dry, the blossom end cap can be broken off, and the avascular bundle can be pulled up to the side of the gourd-like zipper. The sponge will pop out and be very wet and white. Quickly rinse the sponge in water to prevent the plant juices from oxidizing on the sponge and remove the seeds at this time. The sponges can be rinsed in a 10% bleach solution to whiten them.