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Loofa Realized

Last year I got only one loofa from my plant. This year I got a bunch, maybe half a dozen and they're big. I've been pulling them green and letting them sit in an east window for a couple of days before cracking them open. They're green inside when I do but in two days they're dry and have no mold. I was surprised by the bounty of seed! I'm wondering now if there's a way to care for them so they dont dry out?

5 comments:

Starsquid said...

It's okay for them to dry out, just let them air dry.

Once dry, put them between sheets of paper towels or some sort of soft paper and then stick them in an envelope. Put them in a cool/cold location where they won't freeze and come spring you can plant them again.

Normally the seeds air dry in nature, so as long as it's just that and not oven dried, they'll stay viable.

: Joseph j7uy5 said...

I would be curious to know if your experience with the loofas matches ours. One vine grew up, high into a mesquite tree. That vine produced the most, and the best, fruits. Parts of vines that were on the ground, were not very productive. A part that I put up on a three-foot t-post, produced one mediocre fruit. It seems, based on that limited experience, that they do better if they get up high.

I've been trying to figure out how the vine knows how high it is. Perhaps it can tell how many of the tendrils find things to wrap around.

Anyway, I would appreciate it if you could tell if it mattered to your plants, how high off the ground they got. If so, I'll make a point of leading the vines to trees and encouraging them to go upward.

Wendy Jehanara Tremayne said...

My experience may not offer you much Josephj7uy5... I have only grown in 2X and in the same location which is a bed (on the ground) and an old metal trellis that goes up from the ground to about 6 ft high. The fruits the plant has produced have all been at 3' high or lower, in fact quite a few are on the ground. I can see no difference in size from high to low either.

best,
wendy

: Joseph j7uy5 said...

Another hypothesis bites the dust. Oh well. Thanks for sharing your experience.

: Joseph j7uy5 said...

Another hypothesis bites the dust. Thanks for sharing your experience, Wendy.