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Gourd Seeds - Buab Khom - Hybrid. Luffa acutangula. 50-60 days to maturity. Non-GMO. Warm season annual. This is a hybrid ridge gourd with excellent fruit quality and high yielding. The fruit are light green color and medium size ranging from 12-14" weighing about 1/2 lb. Vines are vigorous and have lots of branching. Resistant to Downy mildew. Approx 170 seeds / oz.
Requires a long, warm growing season. Prepare fertile, well drained soil. Sow seeds in spring/early summer after last frost in a warm, sunny location. The seed coat is hard and should be soaked in warm water for 24 hours or gently clip the seed tip to help the seed germinate. Hill planting: Form soil into a 1-ft. diameter mound 3-4' tall. Space mounds 4-6' apart. On each mound plant 1-2 seeds. Row planting: See spacing info in chart. Keep soil moist. Fertilize as needed. Hand pollination may be necessary. Train to climb a vertical support for better air circulation, straighter fruit and ease of harvest. Prepare luffa as you would zucchini. Lightly stir-fry thin slices or add to soup. Steam or deep-fry thick slices. Also delicious stuffed with pork and braised.
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