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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 30, 2014

Q. Trellis or Stake

What plants need a trellis or stake? I am planting a lot this year and the package doesn’t mention anything. Luffa, celery, green pepper, lettuce, tomato, etc.

Asked by
luffa on
October 31, 2014

Q. how to dry a picked green luffa

I just bought 60 green luffa. Some have a little brown. How do I dry them so the luffa will be mature?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
October 31, 2014
A.

Most sources advise leaving luffa on the stem as long as possible. I hope yours aren't too green. These articles should provide information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/gourd/growing-gourd-plants.htm
http://www.luffa.info/

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Asked by
Pamstef on
September 17, 2015
Upper Eastern Shore of Maryland

Q. insect on luffa vine

What insect is causing the flowers on my luffa vines to fall off as if cut about an inch below the flower hip?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
September 21, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

There could be numerous insects that cause this issue of bud drop including thrips, aphids and mealybug.
Treat the plant with Neem Oil.

Here are some links for you.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/gourd/luffa-gourd-planting.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 9, 2016

Q. BUG chews bloom off Luffa plant

Last year (and now this year) there is a bug that chews the stem just behind the blooms of my Luffa squash. It’s not just a bloom falling off. I’ve seen the bug, smashed one as I tried to gather him. Haven’t been able to catch any more. I see one now and then. It looks like an ant with 2 sets of wings. Lobes at the end of the top wings… (is not a termite). The wings are black and clear lace, has a mouth like a Finch bird. Now it’s started again. These are tender plants and can’t seem to handle sprays like Malathion and Sevin liquid and dust. I’m using Diatamatious Earth (but, of course, it’s washed off in the rain). I tried putting VASELINE where he chews behind the blooms last year, but the plant doesn’t like it. I lost the bloom anyway. HELP!

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 11, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

Neem Oil is a good treatment for most pests.
Neem Oil is organic, safe for people, pets and bees.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Asked by
mdamm on
August 7, 2017
Ledyard Ct 06339

Q. Luffa Plants

My Luffa plant is growing but there are no sign of flowers. Its just a long vine. What am I doing wrong?

Answered by
nikki-phipps on
August 8, 2017
Certified Expert
A.

Luffa grows and fruits quite vigorously, although they take longer than other squash varieties. Make sure they have plenty of sun, water, and you might want to add bone meal to your fertilizing to help encourage flowering and subsequent fruiting. This article may also help:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/gourd/luffa-gourd-planting.htm

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Asked by
urte.hamann on
October 27, 2017
jerome ID 83338

Q. loofah sponge

I had to harvest them because it was freezing….but now they are still green and do not want to turn brown.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
October 27, 2017
Certified Expert
A.

This is ok, and you can still use them. Here is a page that will give you more information on them than one could ever think of to ask about: http://www.luffa.info/luffagrowing.htm

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