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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Nov 24, 2013 6:01 PM CST

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Sponge Luffa (Luffa cylindrica)

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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Nov 24, 2013 6:05 PM CST
Very unusual.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Nov 24, 2013 6:13 PM CST

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I love these luffas. So highly ornamental and they produce such useful products!
Name: Natalie
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Natalie
Nov 24, 2013 6:19 PM CST
I've always wanted to try growing them.
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dormantsrule
Nov 24, 2013 6:23 PM CST
Found some videos and the fruits are much larger than I envisioned.

http://luffa.info/luffagrowing.htm

Harvesting
http://luffa.info/luffaharvest.htm
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 24, 2013 6:29 PM CST
Wow, really attractive! The blooms look much like hibiscus ~~ I wasn't expecting that.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Nov 24, 2013 6:57 PM CST

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Sponge Luffa (Luffa cylindrica)
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 24, 2013 7:46 PM CST
Well, that explains it.... I've always thought okra blooms resemble hibiscus blooms as well. Climbing okra being one of the common names.

I never knew you could eat this when small. How small? How does one prepare it?
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Nov 24, 2013 8:07 PM CST

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You can eat them exactly like zucchini when they are about the same size. 6 inches long, perhaps. We never ate them, though, because we like to let them all ripen. Smiling
Name: Natalie
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Natalie
Nov 24, 2013 8:31 PM CST
Thanks for the links to the videos @dormantsrule I think I'll give them a try! Don't plan on eating one though! Rolling on the floor laughing

Dave, I see that you have grown them on a pole, which is great, but I'd like to grow them on my field fence. Do you think they are too heavy for that?
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 24, 2013 9:12 PM CST
dave said:You can eat them exactly like zucchini when they are about the same size. 6 inches long, perhaps. We never ate them, though, because we like to let them all ripen. Smiling

I tip my hat to you.
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terrafirma
Nov 25, 2013 6:30 AM CST
This is a beauty! The banner, and the plant! I've never seen Luffa growing before, and I was surprised to hear that it's edible as well as useful. And hardy too! If I can find a spot for another vine, Blinking I might have to give this a try! Thumbs up
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chelle
Nov 25, 2013 6:51 AM CST
Lovely banner, Dave! Thumbs up
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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Nov 25, 2013 8:02 AM CST

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Natalie said:Thanks for the links to the videos @dormantsrule I think I'll give them a try! Don't plan on eating one though! Rolling on the floor laughing

Dave, I see that you have grown them on a pole, which is great, but I'd like to grow them on my field fence. Do you think they are too heavy for that?


We have grown them on many fences and they do very well. They'll ramble and ramble and ramble on and on and on! The vines aren't terribly heavy, though.
Name: Natalie
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Natalie
Nov 25, 2013 12:21 PM CST
Thanks Dave! Sounds like I've got some in my future!
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 25, 2013 1:00 PM CST
Sad All my fences are in shade.
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rocklady
Nov 27, 2013 7:35 AM CST
@Dave Thanks so much for the beautiful picture and all of the information on this interesting plant.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Nov 27, 2013 8:05 AM CST

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I tip my hat to you.
Name: tk
murchison texas (Zone 8a)

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texaskitty111
Mar 19, 2014 2:04 PM CST
I have a question about luffa @dave, Katie, Jon, or Abagail.

1. Will luffas self sow if you leave the pods on the vine?

2. If I plant them them on my side of a fence (which has trees and rolls of wire, and other yard trash on the other side), will they grow all over the trash, up the trees, and hide it all?

3. If they will self sow, are they invasive? (Sure don't want to cover Texas with our own version of kudzu vine.

Thank you




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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Mar 19, 2014 2:30 PM CST

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We have had some come back from re-seeding but it is very rare. They are definitely not invasive and you shouldn't rely on them reseeding year after year, even though there is a good chance.

Will it grow up over the wire and trash? I'd say yes. It makes a gigantic vine if the conditions are right.

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