Wednesday, August 20, 2008

It's really growing!

After two failed attempts the Luffa really looks great!

You all might remember I was sent a package of luffa seeds from Dora over at Y2K Hippie. If you've never been to her blog check it out, she has some of the greatest ideas I've ever seen and is willing to try anything :)

I started the luffa in the house and by the time I planted them outside they had grown so much I had to transplant them a few times. After planting, our weather got cold, so cold all of them died. I did keep a few in the house "just in case" and I'm glad I did. These didn't look too healthy a few days after planting and I had almost given up hope when I spied a bit of growth near the bottom. When the hot weather hit they really took off, albeit a bit late, but I'm hoping we have good weather right 'til the end of September (finger's crossed). There's lots of small luffas as well as a ton of flowers, although I think it's a bit late for the flowers to produce anything. The few that are large should be okay and I'm hoping the smaller ones will take off and be ready too.

The biggest one.

Some of the smaller ones.


Anonymous said...

From this to a sponge. Wow! :)

Anonymous said...

Can you eat this? Someone may make a sandwich thinking it is a cucumber..ab

Kansas A said...

Hi Aunty B,
You can eat them up to about 4 inches, after that they turn to a sponge and they wouldn't taste too good. I'll keep them away from my cucumbers just in case tho' :)

DaviMack said...

Looks like fun - and I'm sure you'll all be scrubbed clean for many years to come, with that many of the things!

Dora Renee' Wilkerson said...

Oh, I am so glad you got some to grow!!! Good for you.

I haven't been out to check my garden just yet (we have been in Toledo, Ohio at hospice to see my father-in-law the whole week last week and a couple of weeks before that) but I'll have to get out and check on mine too.

Hey, if you can grow passon fruit (that stuff they put in Fruit punch) I have tons of seeds from all the wild stuff growing here that I'll send you (it makes some of the oddest flowers I have ever seen. Kind of pretty but kind of weird too.)

Thanks for keeping me updated on it (I really get a kick out of it.)

Take care,

Dora Renee' Wilkerson