Luffa - Loofah

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Luffa aegyptiaca

Luffa is a vigorous vine that is fast growing and hardy. Growing beyond 2m this variety will need a trellis. Young fruits can be peeled and cooked, similar to Zucchini in taste.

Soak seeds overnight before sowing.

After harvesting mature fruit, leave for 2 weeks to dry. Once skin is hard, open the large end and remove the seeds, then soak overnight and remove outer skin. Leave to dry in sun.

10 heirloom seeds

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Luffa aegyptiaca

Luffa is a vigorous vine that is fast growing and hardy. Growing beyond 2m this variety will need a trellis. Young fruits can be peeled and cooked, similar to Zucchini in taste.

Soak seeds overnight before sowing.

After harvesting mature fruit, leave for 2 weeks to dry. Once skin is hard, open the large end and remove the seeds, then soak overnight and remove outer skin. Leave to dry in sun.

10 heirloom seeds

Sowing Information

Plant Type: Annual
Sow When: Temperate: Spring
                   Sub Tropical: Spring - Autumn
                   Tropical: Winter
Sow Where: Direct
Sow Depth: 20mm
Germination: 15-25 days with soil between 18-25°C
Position: Full Sun
Plant Spacing: 50cm
Row Spacing: 75cm
Plant Height: 200cm
Harvest: 100-120 days

Climate Zone

The image below will help you determine which climate zone you are in, and allow you to choose the best varieties for your area.

Australia-climate-map MJC01

Martyman, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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