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How to Grow Luffa Sponge GourdLuffa gourds are easy to grow from seed. We always keep seed from each canada goose parka uk black friday year, for planting on the next. The seeds will keep for several years and I have successfully grown Luffas from seed that was 4 5 years old.
If you want to get an early start, plant the flat black seeds in pots in a greenhouse or sunny window about 6 weeks before the last frost in spring. Luffas are members of the Cucurbit family. Most species uk canada goose outlet of this family need ground temperatures of 40 degrees Fahrenheit to sprout.
Plant the luffas in hills or a row. Dig a hole about 2 feet deep and add well rotted manure and /or compost. Work it in and fill the hole back up with good garden soil. Plant the seeds or young plants and form a slight canada goose coats on sale indentation in Canada Goose Online the soil so that the water will be held buy canada goose jacket cheap around the plants. Water well.
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As with most members of the Cucurbit family, fertile well drained soil, amended with well rotted manure is required.
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The gourds can be eaten like okra when they are still green. If you want sponges, canada goose uk shop you must let the gourds mature on the vine until the skin is tan or brownish.
Then pick them canada goose coats and peel the skin off and shake the seeds out. Be sure to save the seeds for the following year. (See the video below about peeling a luffa.)Yvonne L. B. 3 years ago from South Louisiana
We waited for the vines to die then pulled them and the gourds out of the tree. Most came out and the rest fell during the winter.
rebiccola 4 years ago
So how did you get the cheap canada goose uk luffa sponges down from the neighbor’s pecan tree? I am planning on growing luffa this year, and I was just thinking that the best trellis might be our tree. but how to get them down? Thanks!Yvonne L. B. 5 years ago from South Louisiana
Thanks for the comments. Luffa gourds have so many uses and are not difficult to grow. I put one in a pot and https://www.canadagooseoutletshop.co.uk/ it overwintered in my greenhouse. I then sat the whole pot in a larger pot in my garden and added some aged chicken manure. Now I have a young luffa gourd and many blooms.
Mariah Namagembe 5 years ago
Luffa in Luganda is called Kyangwe.
Mariah Namagembe 5 years ago
In Uganda people have always used this Luffa plant to wash canada goose clearance their bodies. B. 6 years ago from South Louisiana
Peggy W, Thanks for the comment. Wow, in Wisconsin? You must have Canada Goose Jackets started them really early.
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Peggy Canada Goose Outlet Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas
We actually grew the loufa sponges one year in Wisconsin on our chain link fence and had a great crop that we shared with neighbors. Had no idea that the young ones were edible. Thanks for this interesting hub and for bringing back some fun memories. Up and useful votes.