Please refer to Gourd Cultural Notes for growing information.
(Chinese Vining Okra, Vegetable Sponge, Dishcloth Gourd) (Luffa cylindrica
)65 days for edible fruits, 150 days for sponges. The young gourds are edible and are eaten like okra, especially throughout parts of the South. Best eaten at 1 in. diameter or less. (The bug-resistant plants are a great zucchini substitute!) Mauture fruits may be retted (soaked in water to soften while the soft tissue breaks down). Once retting is complete, they are cleaned and ready to use as sponges or filters. Vines have pretty, bright yellow flowers. Pkt. (3 g, 20 seeds)
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