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Chinese Okra

Luffa acutangula


Chinese Okra
Seed #177
Angled luffa is also called Chinese okra or ridged gourd. This excellent open pollinated variety is cultivated for the tenderness and sweet flavor of its fruit. The vigorous plant has a heavy fruit set of ridged, dark green, club-shaped fruits that are best harvested about 18” long and 2” in diameter.
  • Warm season annual
  • Approx. 25-30 seeds in packet. (A seed will vary in weight and size within a given seed lot. The number of seeds stated is only an estimate.)
  • Maturity: Approx. 90 days
  • Planting season: Late spring/summer
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Cultivation: Prepare fertile, well-drained soil. Sow seeds in spring/summer after last frost in a warm, sunny location. Seed coat is hard and should be soaked in warm water for 24 hours or lightly scarified before sowing. Hill planting: Form soil into a 1-ft. diameter mound 3-4" tall. Space mounds 4-6' apart. On each mound plant 1-2 seeds/sprouts. Row planting: See spacing info in chart. Keep soil moist. Fertilize as needed. Train to climb a vertical support. Harvest young tender gourds. To process for luffa sponges, allow gourds to hang on vine until they are fully mature and the skin drys and hardens. Remove skin and seeds.
Germination
Temperature
Seed
Depth
Seed
Spacing
Row
Distance
86-90F 1" 12-18" 48-72"
Please note: Maturity, adaptability and disease tolerance may differ under your specific climate and/or growing conditions.
Culinary tips: Prepare luffa as you would zucchini. Lightly stir-fry thin slices or add to soup. Steam or deep-fry thick slices. Also delicious stuffed with pork and braised.
 
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