- Asian vegetable
- Mature fruits can be used as a sponge
- Also known as Chinese Okra or Ridge Gourd
Very popular Asian vegetable. Summer vine that does best in tropical climates. Plants produce long green skinned fruit that has numerous ridges along its length. Flesh is white and has a sweet flavour comparable to zucchini. Is sometimes used as a substitue for zucchini in warmer climates. Like other Luffa varieties the mature fruit can also be used as a scrubbing sponge in the bathrooom or kitchen. Also known as Chinese Okra, Ridge Gourd, sponge gourd, ribbed loofah, dish cloth gourd, and silk gourd.
How to sow and grow:
|Method:||Sow direct or raise seedlings|
|When:||Spring(or after frost)|
|Position:||Full sun, moist well drained soil|
|Days to Maturity/flowering:||100 days for fruit (150 days for fully mature fruit)|
|Care:||Plants do best when grown on a trellis or other structure. Fruit is best when picked young, older fruit can become tough and bitter. *** Germination can be slow. Seeds need light to germinate. Scarification may be necessary: scratch or rub seeds with a knife, file or sand paper prior to sowing.|
(Product number: D2-16)
|Botanical name:||Luffa acutangula|
|Packet type:||Standard seed packet|
|Packet quantity:||10 seeds|
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