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Luffa (Sponge) - #411T or #411U
(OPEN-POLLINATED) HEIRLOOM. 55-60 days. AKA: Vegetable Sponge or Dishcloth Gourd. Vigorous vines (need trellising) prolifically produce 2-7”L fruits over a long period of time. Heat tolerant. Harvest as baby veggies (2-4”L) for steaming, stir frying or making delectable soups. Only plant known that can be grown and used as a sponge for bathing, washing dishes or scrubbing. Give an environmentally friendly gift of nature!
Gourds need to be planted early in your growing season. Leave on the vine until just before the first frost; they do not need to freeze. Pick when completely ripe, do not bruise fruit. Wash with a strong disinfectant to remove dirt and fungi – which may cause rot. Store in a cool dry place to cure out. Do not stack as they need air circulation.
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