Luffa cylindrica, Loofah, Dishcloth Gourd, Vegetable Sponge Gourd

Luffa cylindrica

Loofah, Dishcloth Gourd, Vegetable Sponge Gourd
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Origin: Southern Asia , India
Vine or creeper plantFull sunRegular waterYellow, orange flowersEdible plant

Very fast growing vine to 10-15ft. Vines may be ground dwelling, but grow best when give upward support. Care is similar to other gourds and melons. Water frequently, grow in full sun. If growing for sponges, allow the fruits to turn from green to yellow on the vine. Fruits will lose quite a bit of moisture and become light.

Luffa cylindrica is very similar to Luffa acutangula.

Fruits can be eaten, but the vine is most commonly grown for the fibrous interior of the fruits, which when dried, can be used as a sponge.

Propagation: By seed.

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