Sow: April to May Harvest: July to September Height: 1.5m+
Young fruits can be eaten, but the main reason for growing this variety is to produce Luffa Sponges. Just leave the fruits to dry on the plant and then harvest.
Soaking seeds for at least 12 hours prior to sowing will aid germination. Seeds need plenty of heat to germinate, so leave either on a very sunny windowsill or somewhere consistantly warm.
Sow two seeds in a 7cm pot and then thin to the stongest seedling when true leaves appear. Sow the seeds on their side to reduce the risk of rotting.
Seeds germinate in 7-14 days.
Grow plants on and plant out when all risk of frost has passed. Luffas like a lot of heat and a nutrient rich soil, so plant where they will receive full sun and feed regularly with a balanced fertiliser. Luffa's are climbers so will need something to scramble up (or over).