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Gourd Seeds - Luffa HEIRLOOM

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  • Large, green fruits up to 2 feet
  • 120 Days to Harvest
  • Will tolerate some shade, but prefers full sun exposure

Product Description

Grow Heirloom Gourds - Plant LuffaGourd Seeds

Yes, the luffa that you know as a sponge IS actually a gourd! Luffa gourd seeds are one of the most interesting – and practical – varieties that can be grown in the garden.

  • Fast Facts

    Name:Gourd Seeds - Luffa
    Botanical Name:Curcubita cylindrica
    Life Cycle:Annual
    Light Requirement:Full Sun
    Planting Season:Warm Season
    Plant Type:Vining
    Features:Heirloom
    Fruit Size:Up to 2ft long
    Days to Maturity:90-120 Days
    Plant Spacing:24-36 inches
    Planting Depth:1/2 inch
    Sowing Method:Direct Sow,Start Indoors
    Cold Stratification:No
    Seeds per Packet:3 g
    Hardiness Zones:2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
    Ships:Year Round
  • Planting Instructions

    When to Plant:

    • Gourds germinate and grow best in temperatures between 75 and 80 degrees F.
    • It’s about 180 days from planting to harvest, so colder zones with short growing seasons will need to start indoors 6-8 weeks before the final frost. Make sure to give them plenty of proper lighting to prevent them from getting too leggy later on.

    How to Grow:

    • Choose a large area that receives full sunlight and will allow room for the vines to sprawl.
    • They can be grown in pots, but this will limit their size and production significantly.
    • Choose soil that is well-drained and warm, with a bit more clay than sand. Gourds generally do not thrive in sandy soil. If you are testing pH levels, 5.8 – 6.4 is the sweet spot for gourd production. Please note, even if it is warm outside, if the ground remains cold they will not grow well.
    • Gourd seeds are notorious for their long germination time, but there are a couple things you can do to help. Scarify the seeds with a nail file or sandpaper, then soak them in a bowl of lukewarm water for 24 hours to help speed up the process significantly. Dry the seeds completely on a piece of wax paper to prevent them from rotting before they even sprout.
    • Dig rows 2 – 3 feet apart and create hills that have 4 – 5 feet of space between hills. Plant each seedling or sow each seed in its own hill, and cover with ½ inch of dirt, or to the base of new growth for seedlings.
    • Water frequently to keep soil damp. Mulch can help contain moisture in dryer spells or climates.

    When to Harvest:

    • Gourds can cure on the vine once the vine starts to die, but turn them occasionally and prevent them from touching and make sure to check for pests. Curing process takes around several weeks to a month.
    • Edible gourds need to be removed from the vine when they are younger.
    • If they need to be cut early, wait until the vine at the top of the gourd is completely dry and brown.
    • Gourds that are ready are hard and waxy to the touch. Fully cured gourds rattle when shaken, as the seeds are bouncing around inside. Soft and squishy indicates a rotten gourd, and should be discarded.

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Received my order quickly. They are coming up and I hope to have an abundant harvest! Thanks!

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