Regular Luffa, Angled Luffa, Harita and HedgeHog Planting Instructions

Prepare the garden site by cultivating with a garden fork after all danger of frost in spring. Mix  fertilizer with the loosened soil at the rate instructed on the package.

Create hills using a garden hoe. Leave approximately 6 feet between each hill.

Sow the luffa seeds at a depth equal to half their length. Water until the soil feels evenly moist at 2 to 3 inches deep.

Keep the soil lightly moist, but not wet, at all times.

Add 2 to 3 inches of mulch around the hills once the seedlings are 2 to 3 inches tall.

Place a sturdy trellis behind the plants when they are 3 to 4 inches high. Train the vines by draping them over the trellis as they grow.

Apply high-nitrogen fertilizer one week after flowers appear. Work it lightly into surface of the soil with a garden fork and water deeply. Do not allow the fertilizer to touch the vine.

Feed the plants again with high-nitrogen fertilizer in three weeks.

Harvest luffa for eating when the fruits are 6 to 8 inches long, approximately 100 days after sowing the seeds. Gather fruits that are to be used for decorative purposes or as sponges about 30 days later.

When allowed to dry, the fibrous interior of the gourd makes excellent, durable sponges. Perfect as a bath sponge, in your kitchen sink, or as a scrubber. Luffas need a long growing season of at least 90 days to mature.

Please note: Although no reactions have been documented, folks with food allergies need to consult a doctor before eating luffas.

Storage For Consumption -Fresh fruit can be stored in the refrigerator for several weeks if kept under cool, humid conditions. Dried fruit can be kept indefinitely.

Nutrition Information - The Luffa is low in calories. A 3 ounce serving contains only 20 calories and 20 percent of the RDA for vitamin C.

Cucuzzi Planting Instructions

Select a planting site with well-draining soil and exposure to full sunlight. Summer squash are vining plants that require plenty of room to spread and grow. Break compacted mounds of dirt into small pieces to aerate the soil. You can add 2 inches of organic compost or rotted manure to the site to enrich it. Prepare the soil in spring, after the danger of frost has passed and the soil is workable.

Plant two to three seeds every 24 to 36 inches along a row. Push each seed 1 inch deep in the soil. Alternatively, plant five to six seeds per hill, with multiple hills spaced 48 inches apart. When seedlings grow 2 to 3 inches tall, thin them out to two to three plants per hill

Provide cucuzza squash plants 1 inch of water per week. Irrigate the plants at their bases in the morning to prevent wetting the foliage. Cucuzza plants with wet foliage are prone to fungal diseases.

Feed cucuzza squash after the plants bloom. Spread 1/4 lb. 10-10-10 fertilizer every 10 feet of row three to four weeks after blossoms emerge. However, skip this step if you enriched the soil with compost or manure before planting.

Spread a light layer of organic mulch such as wood chips or straw over the plants to conserve soil moisture, retain weeds and keep the roots cool. Maintain the level of mulch throughout the year.

Inspect the growing area frequently for weeds, removing seedlings immediately by hand or with a hoe, before they have a chance to mature and develop. If you're cultivating with a hoe, work carefully so you do not damage the roots of nearby cucuzza squash plants.

Spoon Gourd Planting Instructions

Place the seeds where they will receive at least six hours of sunlight daily. The soil must be well-draining and amended with the addition of organic matter such as peat moss, manure or compost.
Testing your soil is a good idea- some home improvement stores will do this for you, or contact your local county ag department.

Plant gourd seeds after the possibility of the last frost of the season has passed and the ground is warm. Gourd seed rots when planted in cold, wet soil.

Plant single seeds in rows spaced 2 feet apart and place the rows 5 feet apart. Push a wooden dowel into the ground as deep as the seed is wide, and lay the seed down horizontally. Brush a 1/2-inch cover of soil over the seed and pat down gently. Water the seeds lightly after planting.

Provide a trellis, fence or similar support for the vines to climb. Make sure it is sturdy.

Add fertilizer when the vines begin to grow. Three lbs. of 10-10-10 or 10-6-4 fertilizer per 100 square feet will vitalize gourd growth.

Mulch the garden before weeds begin to grow with straw, wood chips or similar organic material.

Water the garden daily until the seedlings come up.

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