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Extra Long

Luffa cylindrica


Extra Long
Seed #466
This prolific, vigorous variety produces extra long gourds, up to 15 per plant. The fruit has a green skin and excellent flavor. Fruit weighs up to 1 pound and is 1.5" x 33". Fruit left to mature on the vine can be used for luffa sponges.
  • Warm season annual
  • Maturity: Approx. 80-90 days
  • Planting season: Late spring/early summer
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Cultivation: Requires a long, warm growing season. Prepare fertile, well drained soil. Sow seeds in spring/early summer after last frost in a warm, sunny location. The seed coat is hard and should be soaked in warm water for 24 hours or gently clip the seed tip to help the seed germinate. 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. Row planting: See spacing info in chart. Keep soil moist. Fertilize as needed. Hand pollination may be necessary. Train to climb a vertical support for better air circulation, straighter fruit and ease of harvest. To process for luffa sponges, allow gourds to hang on the vine until they are fully mature and the skin hardens/dries. Remove skin and seeds.
Germination
Temperature
Seed
Depth
Seed
Spacing
Row
Distance
86-90°F 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 like squash or okra. Sauté, stew or stir-fry young tender gourds.
 
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