How do you grow loofah seeds?


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To grow loofah seeds, choose a garden spot, place the seeds in trays and wait for the seedlings to germinate before planting them outside for further growth. You need a trellis or fencing, a plastic seed starter six-pack, a container, mulch and fertilizer to complete this project. Loofah seeds take roughly 140 to 180 days to fully mature.

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  1. Prepare the garden

    Begin planting after the frost has passed. Choose a spot that has well-drained soil and gets plenty of sunshine. Use organic compost if the soil quality is poor. Use a trellis, or place the plants in front of a fence.

  2. Plant the seeds

    Fill the cells of the starting six-pack with a 1/4-inch application of seeding starting mix. Place the six-pack into a container of warm water until the soil surface is moist. Remove the six-pack from the water, and it allow to dry. Place two or three loofah seeds 1/2-inch deep into each cell. Seal the tray in a plastic bag, and punch in a few small holes. Place the tray in a warm area that doesn't get direct sunlight, such as the top of a refrigerator.

  3. Monitor the trays

    Check the trays daily to ensure the soil isn't dry. The trays should be moist but not wet. Open up the trays, and allow them to air out for a few hours if condensation forms. Avoid watering the plants excessively. Wait two to four weeks for the seeds to germinate.

  4. Move the seedlings

    Take off the plastic bags when the seedlings emerge from the soil. Move them to a windowsill that gets direct sunlight. Pick the best seedlings when the leaves begin to show, and cut away the rest at the line of the soil. Transplant the seedlings to the chosen gardening spot, and spread each one 8 to 12 inches apart. Apply a lightweight mulch an inch deep around the garden, but keep the mulch 3 inches from the stems.

  5. Water the plants

    Water each day for the first week, and water once a week thereafter. Keep the soil moist but not too wet.

  6. Maintain the seedlings

    Use liquid fertilizer when the plants sprout yellow blooms in the summer. Prune the first batch of flowers, and cut off the first few shoots to encourage fruit production. Monitor how the plants produce fruit, and cut away anything that is damaged.

  7. Harvest the fruit

    Pick the fruit when the plants fully mature, which is usually in the fall. The fruit should be yellow or brown and lightweight. Allow the fruit to remain on the plant for as long as necessary, but remove them quickly if frost appears.

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