Luffa Angled, dishcloth gourd, ridged gourd, the vegetable gourd is also known as Chinese okra, this vigorous productive plant produces a high yield of edible fruit on strong, lateral branches. Luffa acutangula is commercially grown for its unripe fruits as a vegetable. Mature fruits are used as natural cleaning sponges. The fruit slightly resembles a cucumber or zucchini with ridges. It ranges from central and eastern Asia to southeastern Asia. It is also grown as a houseplant in places with colder climates. This is a fast-growing vine best suited to tropical and subtropical climates. Many parts of the plant can be used – the young stems, leaves, and flower buds can be used as greens, the seeds can be roasted and eaten and the young fruit can be used like zucchini. When mature, the fruit is an unusually angled gourd-like structure, hence the name.
Cultivation: Requires a long, warm growing season. Prepare fertile, well-drained soil. Sow seeds in spring/early summer after the last frost in a warm, sunny location. The seed coat is hard and should be soaked in warm water for 24 hours or lightly scarified before sowing. Hill planting: Form soil into a 1-ft. diameter mound 3-4’ tall. Space mounds 4-6’ apart.
On each mound plant 1-2 seeds. Row Plant: See spacing info in the chart. Keep the soil moist. Fertilize as needed. Hand pollination may be necessary. Train to climb a vertical support for better air circulation, straighter fruit and ease of harvest. To process the luffa sponges, allow gourds to hang on to the vine until they are fully mature and the skin dries and hardens. Remove skin and seeds.
Plant in early spring in cool climates, spring to early autumn in sub and tropical zones. Germinates at 22-25 degrees C soil temp., germination may be erratic, scarify seed and soak overnight before sowing, in clumps of 2-3 seeds, 20mm deep, leaving 100cm between seedlings, will emerge in 10-25 days
Sunlight: Partial Shade, Full Sun
Days to Germination: 7-14 days
Days to Harvest: 40 - 45 days
Soak seeds in water overnight before planting to increase germination.
Start indoors in flats 6-8 weeks before the last frost date.
Transplant outside after danger of frost has passed or sow seeds in spring/early summer after the last frost in a warm, sunny location.
It requires a long, warm growing season.
Prepare fertile, well-drained soil.
Train to climb a vertical support for better air circulation, straighter fruit and ease of harvest.
For eating, harvest the young fruits when they reach 12-15 cm (4-6 in) in length, or approximately 1/3 to 1/2 in their mature size. Older fruits will contain the fibrous skeleton characteristic of luffa gourds. Raw fruits may be sliced and eaten in salads. Often the fruits are cooked (steamed, boiled or fried) as a vegetable, or added to stews, soups or curries. Leaves may be eaten raw in salads or cooked as a vegetable. Flowers and flower buds may be dipped in batter and sauteed. The seeds of Angled Luffa are usually bitter and may contain poisonous substances. They are not recommended for oil extraction and vegetable curd production.
Inventory Last Updated: May 22, 2022
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Want to exchange an item? Contact us for arrangement and simply return your original item(s), and place a new order. We will ship your new order immediately, reducing wait time for replacement items. Once we receive and process your return, we will issue an immediate credit.
A return merchandise authorization # (RMA #) will be issued for ALL returns. Please do not send back any items without an RMA#. Customer is responsible for all return shipping costs unless the item arrives DOA or DAMAGED. Once the item is received back to our warehouse a technician will verify if defective. Please allow 72 hours (longer during Holiday seasons) for this process. Once verified as defective a Replacement or Refund of the SAME item will be issued free of cost to the customer. If item is returned free of defect and in working condition, customer is then responsible to have item shipped back to them. ALL returns must be shipped back within 10 days of receiving RMA# and must be in original packaging with any and all accessories included with return including all original Packaging.
Our standard return policies do not apply to all items. If an item cannot be returned, it will be noted beside the item on the product detail page and in your Shopping Cart.
Exclusion from Coverage
Damage resulting from abuse or misuse.
Damage resulting from extended wear and tear.
Damage resulting from tampering or a customer modification.
Damage resulting from exposure to a caustic substance.
Consequential, incidental, indirect, punitive, exemplary, and/or special damages (although some states in the United States do not allow the exclusion or limitation of consequential or incidental damages, so this exclusion might not apply to you)
To Make a Return or Exchange
1) Contact us to get an RA (Returns Authorization) number.
2) Write this number on the outside of the package you are shipping back to us.
We recommend using USPS to ship your return.
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