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Gourd Seeds - Buab Liam - Hybrid. Luffa acutangula. 80-90 days. Non-GMO. Warm season annual. Also called Chinese okra, this highly productive and vigorous hybrid has fruit that matures 40 days after the flower sets. The green, edible fruit is tender and flavorful and grows up to 17" in length, 2" in diameter, and weighs 1/2 pound. Fruit left on the vine to mature until the skin hardens can be harvested for luffa sponges. ~ 140 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. To process for luffa sponges, allow gourds to hang on the vine until they are fully mature and the skin hardens/dries. Remove skin and seeds. 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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