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Ornamental Gourds: My Itsie-Bitsie Luffa Ball plant

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Morph
Dayton, OH
(Zone 5a)

July 14, 2003
7:49 PM

Post #582838

Here's a photo of this tiny vine plant! I don't know if it will produce any fruit or not ~ lol!

Compared to growing the regular luffas and the gourds, these plants seem SO tiny and fragile!

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merkat123
Cave Spring, GA
(Zone 7a)

July 14, 2003
8:54 PM

Post #582883

GO LUFFA GO! I rooting for it to grow. Hope it makes it. Linda
Morph
Dayton, OH
(Zone 5a)

July 14, 2003
10:11 PM

Post #582921

Thanks, Linda ☺
RA49
Burlington, ON
(Zone 6a)

July 16, 2003
1:31 AM

Post #584226

Crossing my fingers for you Morph!
Morph
Dayton, OH
(Zone 5a)

July 16, 2003
1:39 AM

Post #584237

I think I'll need that, RA49!!!! Thank you ☺
merkat123
Cave Spring, GA
(Zone 7a)

August 15, 2003
1:07 PM

Post #616155

Morph, How's the baby doing now?
Morph
Dayton, OH
(Zone 5a)

August 15, 2003
4:56 PM

Post #616394

Merkat, thanks for asking :) You gave me a good reason to go get some pictures!!

Here's the first of two. I think I have four plants around this tee-pee structure not including the gourd species on the far right. I can't figure out what type of gourds those are yet. Since that vine had mildew and was overtaking the structure, I've trimmed it back and let the vines grow into the grass.

Anyway, here's the updated picture.

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Morph
Dayton, OH
(Zone 5a)

August 15, 2003
5:09 PM

Post #616402

Here's my first germinated bud, I think? Keeping fingers crossed!!!

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Morph
Dayton, OH
(Zone 5a)

August 15, 2003
5:11 PM

Post #616404

I'm confused about the last picture because the flower looks like its just about to bloom. Yet, there's a fruit under it already. I thought these had to flower first to get germinated.

But, maybe this species does things a little differently?
windsurffer

(Zone 5a)

August 15, 2003
7:51 PM

Post #616558

Morph they have to flower, there is a male flower and a female. They have to pollinate first, as a matter of fact if you want to speed it along then you can use a Q-tip to pollinate them yourself. The female is the one with the little gourd, the single flower are the ones you want to get the pollen from to add to the female flower. Good luck and I will be looking forward to seeing how they turned out.
Morph
Dayton, OH
(Zone 5a)

August 15, 2003
10:24 PM

Post #616714

Thanks, Wind! So, when the flower above this little gal opens, I will transfer some pollen from the other flowers! If I didn't, what would happen to that little starter plant there?
merkat123
Cave Spring, GA
(Zone 7a)

August 16, 2003
1:59 AM

Post #616937

Morph, Your vine looks great. Will keep fingers crossed that you'll get fruit. I don't know what will happen if it's not pollinated, but I've seen several tiny gourds in the past just rot and fall off. I wonder if they were unfertilized gourds. Linda
windsurffer

(Zone 5a)

August 16, 2003
3:11 AM

Post #617035

It would get pollinated by the bees and our other good bug friends and be just fine, but some will make it and some won't no matter what you do because of the stupid cucumber beetles. You'll find the more baby gourds that you get half of them will turn brown and rot but you will get some good ones as well. You may not get as many mature ones as you would like but you have to consider our growing season is short. That's why I like to help mine along, not only do I have to worry about the season but I have a very small garden and will do good if I get four good larger gourds. I hope this helps ya.
Morph
Dayton, OH
(Zone 5a)

August 16, 2003
3:38 AM

Post #617067

Yes, indeed, Wind! Thanks :)
windsurffer

(Zone 5a)

August 16, 2003
3:45 AM

Post #617076

Oh your more than welcome...good luck.
RA49
Burlington, ON
(Zone 6a)

August 16, 2003
3:31 PM

Post #617531

Morph, I like the way you have placed your copyright protection on your picture.
Do you use a simple photo editor to do this?
Morph
Dayton, OH
(Zone 5a)

August 16, 2003
7:36 PM

Post #617706

I used Photoshop, RA. But, I think you could do it pretty easily with any simple photo editor. I just selected text, made the text a light color, sized the font the way I wanted it, and that was pretty much it.
windsurffer

(Zone 5a)

August 17, 2003
4:37 AM

Post #618311

I use IrfanView and it's free althought I have about four different photo editing programs but I use this one the most because I haven't learned all how to use some of them lol. It allows you to put your copyright on photos plus a lot more.
RA49
Burlington, ON
(Zone 6a)

August 17, 2003
5:09 AM

Post #618334

Thanks girls. I can place text on pics with my HP editor but liked the looks of this one of Morph's so I will play around with mine first to see if I can get something close. :))
windsurffer

(Zone 5a)

August 17, 2003
5:11 AM

Post #618337

Your welcome and have fun.
Morph
Dayton, OH
(Zone 5a)

August 17, 2003
6:37 AM

Post #618395

RA, if you'd like, I'll do some samples for you. If you tell me what software you're using, I may be able to play with it, too, if it's shareware. I worked on the web in my previous life & still love to use it when I can :) It's not a chore, but a luxury for me to have an excuse to play with it :)
Morph
Dayton, OH
(Zone 5a)

October 4, 2006
7:08 PM

Post #2785669

2006 Updates !!!!

Growing these in Ohio is certainly an ENDEAVOR! It seems that no matter how early I start them, they just don't want to initiate the blooming process until mid to late September which coincides with are usual first frost! This year (knock on wood), we've been lucky enough to not yet have a damaging frost. Though, each night now is a strong possibility. I keep trimming excess plant to redirect as much growing power as I can into each fruit.

ANY SUGGESTIONS ON WHAT TO FEED THESE LITTLE BUDS TO SPEED THEIR GROWTH? I've tried nitrogen & may try again today. I'm hoping for some suggestions, though. Are you still here Wind?

Anyway, here are the photos as of today...

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Morph
Dayton, OH
(Zone 5a)

October 4, 2006
7:09 PM

Post #2785671

Another...

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Morph
Dayton, OH
(Zone 5a)

October 4, 2006
7:09 PM

Post #2785673

and finally for now...

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roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

October 6, 2006
1:54 PM

Post #2790688

Morph...I was given some of these at the Phoenix swap last spring...I will be seeing these same people again Sunday...I will ask around...but they do have a long growing season in Phoenix!!! Jo
Morph
Dayton, OH
(Zone 5a)

October 7, 2006
6:39 AM

Post #2793328

Jo, that would be GREAT! I don't know what to do with the one in the photo. I've gone ahead and taken it off the vine for I know if the frost hits, it will be toast. All turns black and smooshy after the frost. I need to know if I should let it dry & then soak and peel like the regular luffas.

Thanks much in advance for any advice on what to do from here & enjoy your visit, too!

Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


February 5, 2008
1:08 PM

Post #4497739

Morph, I know this is an old thread, but Roadrunner pointed it out to me - would you like to add your photos to PlantFiles? I'm guessing you have Luffa operculata: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/168632/
jipsi
Clinton, IL
(Zone 6a)

February 6, 2008
2:13 PM

Post #4502000



How DID that little "itsie bitsie" fare, Morph?
Just curious...

jip

Morph
Dayton, OH
(Zone 5a)

March 8, 2008
11:16 PM

Post #4639452

Terry & Jip ~ just now reading this... i'll see if i can add to PlantFiles ~ haven't done it before that i recall... Poor plant ended up with an early September frost killing it :( i even protected it but with material, not plastic... i know better for next time...

the one fruit in photo did have seeds though :)

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