Amazing Luffa Farming and Harvesting – Create a unique Luffa sponges

Luffa (Luffa aegyptiaca and Luffa acutangula), also known as loofah, vegetable sponge, or dishcloth gourds are grown mainly for their useful, fibrous tissue skeleton. Young fruits can be eaten as squash, used in stews, or even used in place of cucumbers.
The luffa gourd plant is an annual tropical or subtropical climbing vine. When the fruit section of the plant matures, it can be used as an organic bath or kitchen sponge. Some people have even been known to use it to treat jaundice
Sow gourd seeds 8 to 12 inches (20-31 cm.) apart along a fence as soon as the ground is warm enough to work and all danger of frost has passed in spring. To facilitate germination, scrape the seed coat with a file or allow seeds to soak for at least 24 hours. Seeds are very slow to sprout, so gardeners should not lose faith. Seeds can also be started indoors several weeks before the last frost. Plant one to three plants in a hill and space hills 6 feet (2 m.)
Luffa plants like full sun and organic soil. Mulch should be used, away from the stem, to retain soil moisture and protect the plant.
Luffa Plant Care
Caring for luffa is very similar to caring for cucumbers or melons. Keep plants moist, but not saturated, and provide sturdy support for best results as part of your luffa plant care.
Once the plants begin to grow, remove all the first flowers, any male flowers, and the first four lateral branches. This will result in stronger fruit.
Remove luffa fruit from the vine before the first frost. Follow instructions for cleaning and preparing the fruit, depending on how it will be used.
Yêu cầu về đất.Harvesting and using loofahs
The right time to harvest the sponge gourd to make a luffa sponge is when the skin of the fruit is yellow, brittle, and covered with small brown spots. When you knock on the skin, it should also sound hollow. The first ripe fruits can be expected around September. Harvest the ripe luffa gourds and place them in a dry, sunny place for several days. After drying the loofah, use scissors to cut off the stem and flower base and peel off the husk. Shake or knead the tissue to remove the luffa plant seeds and store in a cool, dry place. These can then be used for growing luffa from seed next year. Wash the remaining pulp out, and dry the luffa sponge in a warm, airy place.
Cut the luffa sponge to the desired size and you are ready to go. It can be used in a variety of ways, such as an exfoliating shower or bath sponge, or as a dish cloth for pots and surfaces in the kitchen. A loofah sponge also makes a wonderful sustainable gift.
Harvesting loofah seedsIs luffa edible?
When the fruits of the luffa plant are harvested at a young stage, they can be eaten. Particularly in Asia, it is often enjoyed as a vegetable. It can be eaten raw or steamed and tastes similar to courgette. The same is true for the plant’s flowers. The luffa seeds, which are rich in protein and fat, can also be used to make cooking oil.
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