Post last updated: November 20th, 2019
In 2012, I grew luffa sponge gourds for the first time. I didn’t really know what I was doing but that’s nothing new, is it? I followed the instructions of this website and my beekeeper friend, Karen, for harvesting the gourds. By the time I actually got around to the harvest, I had only one that was worth saving. The gourds had frozen on the vine a few times. Uncertain whether or not the seeds had survived the freeze, I threw a few in the gourd plot next to the hut. I reckon those seeds are just fine.
You’ll notice that the vines are up on the roof. Last year, I had gourds on the roof.
The only time I can photograph the two-and-one-half inch blooms are in cloudy, rainy weather because the sun comes up behind the hut, shadowing the vines and flowers in deep shade. By the time the sun rises high enough to illuminate the flowers, they are closing up.
I didn’t expect these seeds to come up because of the gourd toughing it out in freezing weather. In fact, I had so little faith in their germination that I didn’t write down when I threw them out there. I remember it was late, perhaps mid-summer. Now I won’t worry about a little freezing weather and I’ll save seeds from this year’s crop of gourds:
I’ve got a really bad cold that won’t go away so I don’t feel like photographing my sponge gourd, If you want to see what they look like, go here or watch this 3 minute YouTube video. She tickled me at the end because she had too many to hold.