Luffa Gourd, also called Sponge Gourd, is a vining species, climbing up to over 200cm. Produces green fruits, that ripen to dry brown as fully ripe. The fruits grow to between 20-40cm in length. As very unmatured the fruits can be cooked as okra. When the fruits are fully ripe and dry, they can be peeled and the seeds can be emptied. Inside you will find the sponge! The sponge can be used for showering, cleaning plates, housekeeping, etc. Requires a warm place. Luffa cylindrica / Luffa aegyptiaca. 10seeds/pack
Most species in the Cucurbitaceae Family are vining varieties, with the vines climbing or trailing up to several meters. Can be grown both on the ground and climbing up on support, like nets or stakes. Also, bush varieties occur, for example, in many of the zucchini-varieties. In general, Cucurbitaceae wants to grow in a warm and well-fertilized place. Harvest before frost, since frost will damage the fruits. Many varieties can be stored for a long time.
How to Grow
Cucurbitaceae can either be sown directly in the ground or cultivated indoors before planting the seedlings in the garden. The choice of method depends on your growing conditions and the variety being grown. If you farm in a warmer area with a long summer season, sowing directly in the garden will save you a lot of work. If the season is too short in your area, you will risk not getting any harvest. If you are farming in a short-season area you can sow indoors and will "save time" by having seedlings, ready for planting when the risk for frost is over.
If you sow indoors, use sterilized potting soil. Sow about 3cm deep. Cucurbitaceae grows fast, so don't sow too early. About 4 weeks before planting is reasonable. Place at 23-25°C during germination. After sprouting, lower the temperature to avoid lanky plants. You might have to re-plant the seedling once or twice, depending on the pot size. Cucurbitaceae can not stand being affected by frost, so do not plant outdoors before the risk of frost is over. If you direct sow the temperature of the soil must be over 15°C, otherwise the seeds will rot. When you plant the seedlings, the distance depends on the size of the variety. The larger variety, the bigger distance between seedlings.