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Vegetable Description: The origin of gourds has been a subject of debate for decades. Archaelogical findings seem to show that Asia first domesticated the gourd for use as a container, though Africa and several island nations such as Polynesia and New Zealand also have an early history of using gourds as fishing floats, bottles, or musical instruments. Recent research shows that North America's gourds are nearly as old as those of Asia, which seems to suggest that early peoples who settled in the New World brought gourds with them.
Vegetable Botanical Name: Luffa cylindrica
Other Common Names: Smooth Luffa, Sponge Luffa, Climbing Okra, Dishrag Gourd
Vegetable Duration: Annual
Vegetable Days to Maturity: 60
Vegetable Seeds Per Oz: 340
Vegetable Height: 48” to 72”
Vegetable Spacing: 60 in to 72 in
Vegetable Planting: Direct sow outside after danger of last frost. Plant in hills of 2-3 plants per hill at 60”-72” apart, and 1“ below soil surface.
Vegetable Seed Saving: Gourds must be very over-ripe before harvesting seed. After removing seeds from over-ripe fruit, clean and dry the seeds. Store in cool, dry conditions.
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