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Luffa

  • Botanical Name: Luffa aegyptiaca

Vegetable Sponge. Regarded as an Asian delicacy when harvested as a young fruit but also suitable for growing to maturity and drying for bathroom sponges / back scrubbers. Indoors: Soak seeds for 24 hours in warm water then sow seeds in pots or punnets 1cm deep and place in warm position. Outdoors: Soak as above then plant on small mounds approximately 2cm deep in groups of 3 or 4 seeds per mound. Pinch out plants when trailers reach 150cm to keep within bounds and promote fruiting. Fruits will produce a better shape if the plant is trained up a frame. To harvest your own bathroom sponges leave mature fruits in a dry place with the end cut off and the seeds extracted. The flesh will now wither, leaving the familiar network of cylindrical fibre.

 

NZ $3.75
 
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INFORMATION

ORIGIN

Heirloom
OPTIMUM SOIL TEMP FOR GERMINATION
20-25
DAYS TO GERMINATION
8-10
Height
300cm
PREFERRED GROWING PERIOD
Stake Tender
WHEN TO SOW
2
NUMBER OF SEEDS PER PACKET
20
PREFERRED GROWING METHOD
Transplant
BEST USE

Asian Cuisine

KEY to
WHEN TO SOW

1
EARLY
SPRING
2
LATE SPRING &
EARLY SUMMER
3
LATE SUMMER &
EARLY AUTUMN
   

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