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Loofah Seeds

The Loofah seeds were donated and the instructions below were provided. For more information about Loofah you can visit this Wikipedia page. This website from the Natural History Museum gives information on how to grow loofah.

Common names:  Luffa, loofah, sponge gourd, dishcloth gourd, Egyptian cucumber, Chinese okra

Scientific name: L. cylindrica

Start seeds indoors in advance in seed starting mix. Keep seeds warm and moist until germination. Harden well-established seedlings before transplanting or sow directly outdoors when night temperatures are above 55º. Use trellis for support.

Days to germination 7-10
Planting depth 1"
Plant Spacing 12"
Soil Temperature: 70-85° F
Light Requirements Full Sun


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