Heirloom

Luffa

NZ $3.95

Description

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.

 

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Luffa aegyptiaca

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

KEY to WHEN TO SOW

  1 Early Spring 2 Late Spring &
Early Summer
3 Late Summer &
Early Autumn

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