The flowers are a pretty yellow, with male and female flowers as in all curcubits.
The vines can be quite long and it takes a lot of water to keep them healthy looking. Our rain kind of stopped in July. We've had little amounts of rain the last 6 weeks or so, but not a lot, so the Luffa plants are suffering. I water them every day, but they need a good soaking from some rain. I am getting fruit, though, just not as much as I would get if we had more rain this summer.
|Baby Luffa Gourd. (Gee... I could have removed the dead leaf behind it.) This guy is about 3 inches long right now. You can see where the flower was on the open end.|
|Here's a much larger fruit. You can see how big the leaves are||and why they need so much water.|
|This is a closer pic of the Luffa. Like all gourds, it needs to dry on the vine so it does not rot.|
Here's what the dried fruit looks like before it's peeled. When you shake it you can hear the seeds rattle inside. There are lots of seeds, like a cucumber would have if it dried like this.
|Dried Luffa with skin still on|
Luffa are fun to grow and do very well in warm weather. As I mentioned, they do need quite a bit of water, like any vine.
Until next time, enjoy your gardens!