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Luffa acutangula

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Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Luffa (LUF-fuh) (Info)
Species: acutangula (a-kew-TAN-gu-luh) (Info)

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11 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Annuals
Vegetables
Vines and Climbers

Height:
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:
Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:
Blue-Green
Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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6 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

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Negative mobeebalm On Sep 6, 2010, mobeebalm from Fulton, MO wrote:

In my zone 5-6 garden, this plant is a thug! Mistakenly sowed seed beside regular okra in early May. This vine's taken over my entire vegetable garden, climbing 6-8 feet up and over vegetables, flowers and shrubs, smothered in small, bright yellow flowers, leaves 6-12" broad. Now it's bearing fruit, very ribbed, hard spines, but very sweet-tasting raw. Ants cover the fruit (because it's sweet ?) similar to dense texture of courgettes, the form resembles a cucumber but with rigid spines.

Positive joeworm11 On Feb 25, 2009, joeworm11 from Eugene, OR wrote:

I had just moved so I was starting my garden late (mid May). I planted one of these in my raised beds in Eugene, OR and it grew to about 7-8 feet with beautiful yellow flowers. My mom (outside Salem, OR) also had one but hers died after transplanting. I hear they become bitter and fibrous if the "fruits" grow beyond about 6". I got two "fruits" from this and harvested them early to avoid the bitter taste and toughness. They were very good in a stir fry. I often see these in Asian markets but they are sold about 18" long (I've yet to try them to see if they're bitter). I also hear that you can use Angled loofa as a loofa sponge if you let them grow very large but Luffa cylindrica is a better choice as it makes a superior sponge than Luffa acutangula, which is mainly used for eating.

Positive cowtrailrd On Sep 10, 2006, cowtrailrd from Shawnee, OK wrote:

We grow this plant in containers to climb on a chain link fence. It would grow very high if one wished. We only use it for frying like regular okra. when picked about 1" around it is breaded and fried like other okra. We like it because of heavy production in a small area and the plants are not spiny like normal okra. Also it is not sticky or gooey. It can be frozen after slicing and put in freezer bags. As much as desired can later be taken out easily.

Positive froggie13 On Aug 31, 2005, froggie13 from Pawleys Island, SC wrote:

It is a great grower! All of the fruit or veg is still green. Can't wait till they turn brown.

Positive kbmartin39 On Jun 27, 2005, kbmartin39 from Morgan, TX wrote:

Very very interesting to grow.. Must have something to climb on.. it's definitely a vine!! Ive also posted a picture of it in it's early stages.. They are great for washing hard to get dirt off your hands, or any part of the body.. just like a loofah!! Plenty of seeds inside it's hollow body.. and I use them to replant new ones every year... see pic...

Positive darrow On Nov 28, 2004, darrow from Cedar Creek, TX wrote:

VERY SATISFYING TO GROW ,MY KIDS HAD A BLAST WITH THESE. GROW FOR THE FIBEROUS SPOUNGE IT PRODUCES WHEN MATURE . CAN BE HARVESTED WHEN THE GOURD TURNS A LIGHT GREEN TO YELLOW COLUOR FOR A SOFTER SPONGE. USE FOR BATH,WASHING DISHES AND GROUND UP AND ADDED TO YOUR HOMEADE SOAP.

Positive Michaelp On Nov 12, 2003, Michaelp from Glendale, UT (Zone 5a) wrote:

Similar to Luffa cylindrica (Smooth Loofah), except it has about 10 raised ridges running the length of the fruit. The fruits are edible when young, but they become bitter as they mature (also purgative.)

These also make good bath sponges.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Gainesville, Florida
Largo, Florida
Sanderson, Florida
Louisville, Kentucky
Lafayette, Louisiana
Fulton, Missouri
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Eugene, Oregon
Lake City, South Carolina
Pawleys Island, South Carolina
Beaumont, Texas
Morgan, Texas
Wyldwood, Texas



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