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Ridge Gourd

Luffa acutangula

Also known as

Loofah, Bitter Gourd, Snake Gourd, Chinese Okra, Ribbed Loofah, Ridged gourd, Angled loofah, Sing-kwa

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

5m

Max

5m

3m

Min

3m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Ridge Gourd Overview

Luffa acutangula is commercially grown for its unripe fruits as a vegetable or mature fruits used as natural cleaning sponges. Its fruit slightly resembles a cucumber or zucchini with ridges. It ranges from central and eastern Asia to southeastern Asia. It is also grown as a houseplant in places with colder climates.

Common problems with Ridge Gourd

Susceptible to beetles, fruit-flies and caterpillars.

How to harvest Ridge Gourd

The fruit must be harvested at a young stage (less than 12 cm in length) if growing for cooking purposes. Harvest the seeds and loofah for a natural sponge when the fruit on the vines dry out completely, then pick, peel and harvest the seedsor use the sponge.

How to propagate Ridge Gourd

Seed

Sow seeds in situ, 3-4 seeds per hole, after 2 weeks keep only 2 seedlings and remove the rest. In tropical and subtropical regions sow all year or before rainy season.

Special features of Ridge Gourd

Hedge plant

Quickly cover a fence or trellis to provide a temporary screen.

Attractive flowers

Attractive fruits

Other uses of Ridge Gourd

Vegetable, culinary, food

Medicinal

Good for reducing skin infections, inflammation, constipation.

Edible

The fruit is eaten when it is young.

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