Gourds

Seven Happiness Luffa

Seven Happiness Luffa

OV575

Luffa cylindrica 100 days. Known as luffa or sponge gourd, this native to China is edible when very young. Start indoors and transplant outside as you would melons. For a scrubber, allow fruit to ripen until the skin hardens and stems turn yellow. Peel off the outer skin and remove pulp by rinsing in running water.

   Hybrid Variety
Approximately 10 seeds per gram.
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  • 1 gram
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Soil Temp for Germ.Days to EmergenceSeed DepthSoil Temp. for Trans.Plant SpacingRow SpacingMin. Germ.Seed LifeSeeds per 1/8 gramFertilizer Needs
65-85°F5-101"60°FSee BelowSee Below75%3 yearsListed per varietyHigh


Lagenaria siceraria and cucurbita pepo True gourds belong to the genus Lagenaria, and the species siceraria. The different varieties of L. siceraria do not cross with any other cucurbitaceae. All gourds are vining varieties and can grow to 15 feet. They are often tiered along a trellis or fence to save space. Most are grown for their mature shell and unique shapes.

Days to maturity are calculated from date of direct seeding.

Culture
• Requires uniform irrigation totaling 15-20 inches of water during the growing season
• Bee attractant flowers or beehives will help yields — misshapen or non-developing fruit is often the result of poor pollination

Direct Sowing
• Plant after frost danger when soil warms to 65°F
• Work in shovelful of compost and 1/2 cup TSC's Complete fertilizer into hill
• Keep soil evenly moist but not wet as too much moisture causes seed to rot
• Bush varieties: sow 3-4 feet apart
• Vining varieties: sow 4-5 feet apart

Transplanting
• Start indoors 3-4 weeks prior to anticipated transplant date in 4 inch pots
• Work in shovelful of compost and 1/2 cup TSC's Complete fertilizer into hill
• Transplant carefully as to not disturb roots

Insects & Diseases
Common insects: Cucumber beetles and squash bugs
Insect control: Pyrethrin
Common diseases: Various wilts, leaf spots mildews, and various viral diseases
Disease prevention: 3-4 year crop rotation, and fungicide applications

Harvest & Storage
• Leave on vine until fully mature, rinds should be firm
• Can tolerate a light frost, but must be protected from a hard frost
Dry gourds: Wash gently in a solution of 10 parts water and 1 part bleach, carefully removing all dirt, then store in a warm, dry location