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Curcubitaceae, Luffa cylindrica, luffa gourd

March 3, 2008
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  1. November 4, 2009 10:08:18 am

    This plant is fun to grow and edible very young, up to 4″ long. After that, you can stand back and let your sponges grow. We did not have to soak them, etc., as we had read – we let ours dry on the vine and peeled off the skin, then let them bleach a bit in the sun. Tons of seeds in every fruit. A sponge should last one person a month, so it is conceivable to grow a year’s supply on several feet of fence. If the sponge shape is inconvenient, try cutting down one side longways, then removing the middle webbing so you end up with a flat cloth.

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