Luffa is a fast-growing, long-season, warm-climate vine plant that can climb up to 15 feet high. The fruit is edible only when immature and is cooked like zucchini. The fruit setting may be relatively sensitive to the day length. Many varieties could perform relatively poor during the long day season in early summer and perform much better during the late summer and fall when the shorter daytime season arrives. The matured fruit forms sponge-like fibers inside. After the fruit matured, dried, skin and seeds removed/cleaned, fibers are often used as scrubbers, cleaning pads or bath sponges. Thus, this vegetable is also called Dish Cloth Luffa. There are several types of Luffa grown in the Orient. Luffa fruits with smooth skin and ridged skin are widely grown in Asia for eating and cooking, as well as for dish cloth uses. Angled Luffa fruits are also often called Chinese Okra, but not related to Okra at all. Luffa seeds, particularly Ridged Skin varieties, have hard skin and may take a long time to germinate. They need warm/moist soil conditions for germinating. For improving the seeed germination, it is suggested to break slightly the seed at the non-seed-eye area/edge by clipping or sanding. This treatment will allow water entering the seed inside core to trigger the germination process.
NOTE: Luffa needs insects to carry out the pollinating process for setting fruits. If the insects or bees are not available in your area, the pollinating process can be done manually, by picking up male flowers and transferring pollens to femal flowers (by face-to-face touching the center part of flowers). This process should be carried out when flowering is active during the daytime. If the pollination is sucess, the fat portion of the femal flower will grow into full size fruit.
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|Luffa, Edible Ace|
Very popular for vegetable use in Taiwan and China.
|Edible Luffa, Smooth Boy|
Very productive. Long fruits.
|Edible Luffa, Hybrid Smooth Beauty|
Edible Short Luffa with excellent quality.
|Edible Luffa, Extra Long Smooth|
Extra long and slender fruit. Very productive.
|Luffa, Hybrid Southern Legacy|
New hybrid luffa. Very tasty.
|Edible Luffa, Hybrid Summer Cross|
High quality fruit. Very productive.
|Edible Luffa, Hybrid Jupiter|
Hight quality hybrid luffa. Tender flesh is very delicious.
|Edible Luffa, Muop Huong VN|
Popular in Viet Nam and Oriental Markets in California
(Ridged Skin Luffa), Summer Long
Fruits with raised ridges on the skin. Very popular for cooking use.
|Angled Gourd, Hybrid Green Diamond|
Very productive. High quality fruit.
|Angled Luffa, Hybrid Green Glory|
Excellet for cooking use. High yielder.
|Angled Luffa, Lucky Boy|
Shorter fruit with dark green skin.
|Angled Luffa, Hybrid Asian Pride|
Profilic and vigorous. very early maturing hybrid.
|Angled Luffa, Hybrid Extra Long|
Extra long fruits. Good quality.