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Old 02-24-2015, 07:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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i just had someone give me some seeds so i have 6-7 sprouted... i always thought they were some type of sea sponge.
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Old 02-25-2015, 11:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I tried growing them a couple of years ago but even with starting them inside in late winter, they needed a really long growing season. By the time the weather was turning cool they were just starting to produce their 'luffas' so all I got was a couple of golf ball sized fruits.
.....I might try again in the fall to see if I can get something well advanced for next spring
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Luffa. I did rather badly on these until last summer. I planted the seeds in the ground in a small area where I grow squash and, I wish, edible gourds and I let them climb on a lattice. The Luffas managed to hide their fruit rather well so they were long past the edible stage by the time I found them. The consequence is that I have two 18 inch fruits drying in my storage area and no idea how to make them into sponges. I gather that I should have peeled them at the end of the summer. Of course almost none of the squash produced.
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When they dry all the way out the skin brakes off and you have a sponge.

my buddy's mom grows them and they do ok, and each year is better, I just toss the seeds out of them back on the ground and they pop up in spring.
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