Edible Gourd, Dishcloth (Luffa)
130 Days. Burpee’s 1888 catalogue said, “A natural dishcloth, and a most admirable one. Many people prefer this as a dishcloth. The fruit grows about 2 feet, and the vine is very ornamental, producing clusters of yellow blossoms, in pleasing contrast with the silvery-shaded, dark green foliage. In the North, this variety requires starting in a hotbed. The dried interiors of these gourds have already become an article of commerce; grown in Florida, they are sold by Philadelphia and NY druggists.” Tasty cooked like okra when young.
- Full Sun
- Sprouts in 3-10 Days
- Ideal Temperature: 75-90 Degrees F
- Plant Spacing: 18-24"
- Frost Hardy: No
- Luffa aegyptiaca
Growing Tips: Trellising is suitable. Provide full sun, ample moisture, rich soil and a lot of heat. Pick after first frost. Dry indoors, or outdoors under cover.