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How to grow Luffa or Sponge Gourd (Luffa aegyptiaca) from seeds 絲瓜種子孵法

How to grow Luffa or Sponge Gourd (Luffa aegyptiaca) from seeds 絲瓜種子孵法

Skeleton of aged fruit of Luffa aegyptiaca 絲瓜絡 (Medium)

Skeleton of aged fruit of Luffa aegyptiaca 絲瓜絡

Luffa aegyptiaca seeds絲瓜 (Medium)

Luffa or Sponge Gourd (Luffa aegyptiaca) seed germination. 絲瓜種子孵出.

Luffa or Sponge Gourd (Luffa aegyptiaca) seed germination. 絲瓜種子孵出.

Luffa or Sponge Gourd (Luffa aegyptiaca) seed germination. 絲瓜種子孵出並長出本葉.

Luffa or Sponge Gourd (Luffa aegyptiaca) seed germination. 絲瓜種子孵出並長出本葉.

Fruit and flowers see Wikipedia:

Luffa aegyptiaca, aka Egyptian cucumber, aka Vietnamese luffa, aka sponge gourd.  It is an annual vine, very common veggie in Asia.  The tender fruit is for veggie and the aged fibrous skeleton of the fruit is the most environmental friendly scrubber for households.   In old days, the fluid of the vine (use sharp knife to cut a wound to get the fresh liquid) has been used for facial lotion/mask for cooling, hydration and reducing wrinkles.  It is also medicinal plant.   

It is very easy to grow from seeds.  It prefers full sun to partial shade location with structure support to cling on.   Male and female yellow flowers in the same plant.  Easy to fruit.   

1.Get the seeds from ripen fruit, the seeds are black and flat.  (See the seed image.) Plant the seeds in moist warm location.   About 1-3 days, seeds will sprout.   Use protection for seedlings if your planting area has animal problem.

1.從熟瓜中取出種子或曬乾的絲瓜絡敲出種子.  成熟的種子是黑色扁平有點厚度的. (見圖) 將種子置於溼潤的土表放在溫暖的地方在1-3天就會出芽.  若鄰近有野生動物會破壞/吃掉種子或挖土的話要保護種子或小苗.

2.Transplant the seedlings when they have 4-6 leaves and plant them in the ground or in large planters.  Keep them in moist but well drained soil in full sun to partial shade location.   It prefers growing in warm temperature.

2.小苗長出4-6片本葉後可以移植,以地植為佳,深盆次之.  全日照並維持一定土壤溼度,另外須建攀爬用支架以利快速生長.  它喜熱喜強光並需適時施肥和灌溉.

Chayote (Sechium edule) 佛手瓜

Chayote (Sechium edule) 佛手瓜

Chayote (Sechium edule) 佛手瓜

Chayote (Sechium edule)– male flower and fruiting squash, ants are getting the nectar 佛手瓜雄花與所結的瓜, 螞蟻們在享用其花蜜

 

Chayote (Sechium edule) -- female flower 佛手瓜雌花

Chayote (Sechium edule) — female flower 佛手瓜雌花

Chayote (Sechium edule) harvest time! 佛手瓜收成了!

Chayote (Sechium edule) harvest time! 佛手瓜收成了!

Chayote (Sechium edule) is native in Mexico.  It is an annual vine here in cold climate, it is perennial vegetable in warm climate.  Its shoots and fruit are vegetable.  Very easy to grow in any full sun to partial shade location in moist soil with support to cling on.  Plant has male and female flowers.   Male flower is small with 5 pale yellow petals and yellow centre.  Female flower with a tiny undeveloped mini squash.

Squash can be cooked for stir-fry, soup… Its fast growing tender shoots is great for stir-fry.

In late summer to fall the squash can be harvested when the outside layer is tender.   When squash got harvest late the outside layer is tough, when you cook the squash you will need to peel the layer.   There is a seed in the squash.   When you place the squash in sunny location such as window sill indoor, the seed will start to sprout.   Then you can plant the sprout squash in the pot or ground to grow.

佛手瓜是容易栽種生長快速的不耐寒多年生草本藤蔓.  嫩莖葉可摘下炒食,稱為龍鬚菜.   雄花和雌花外觀不同,雌花有迷你的未授粉的小瓜很容易辨認,雄花則無小瓜連著.     瓜應在成熟後外皮尚嫩時收成,這時可連皮煮食;倘若收成太晚瓜皮變粗硬則應削皮再煮.  可炒或煮湯的很多料理的方法.

要種的話取成熟度較高外皮較硬的瓜,裡面的種子較為成熟適合用來種植.  將瓜放在有光線溫暖的室內靠窗處讓它裡面的種子發芽,發芽的瓜可以種在大盆或是地植在適當的地方,最好是全日照到半日照的環境,保濕並需有支架供其攀爬.  很快就有瓜可收成.

重瓣朝顏(牽牛花)Double Morning Glory Vine (Ipomoea)

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Double Morning Glory Vine (Ipomoea), they has been out in the market for years, the prices of seed packs are still high. Oh, they are so few (less than 10) in a pack… I guess that is why it is not very common seeing people have this plant in the garden. I have planted the cherry-red onec in my backyard, they were as easy to grow as the common kind of morning glory.

朝顏/牽牛花(屬名:Ipomoea)屬旋花科,有些地區稱它喇叭花,日本人叫它"朝顏",原產熱帶美洲的一年生或多年生的草本蔓藤植物。 這兩種很貴一包的重瓣西洋朝顏(一包種子少到屈指可數),真是搶人! 而且還不是到處都有在賣…上市這許多年了,還是貴的很,價格一點下降也沒有. 也因為價格高昂,很少人種重瓣的. 我種過桃紅色的重瓣朝顏,種植與一般朝顏無異.