Growing Luffa In Southern Ontario
Answered by: Inge Poot
Question from: Domenic Padula
Posted on: February 26, 2007

I lived in Southern Ontario, and would like to know if it is possible to grow luffa here. Do I need to start them inside and transplant them after the last frost? If yes, when should I start the seed? Also, How long of a growing season does Luffa needs before harvest?

Southern Ontario only provides a long enough growing season for direct planting in the areas close to Lake Ontario. If we have a cool rainy season then it might not even be sufficient there. I think you would be better off to plant the seeds in coffee cups in late April and plant out June 1. Each fruit needs about 3 months to become yellow and ripe enough to have a fibrous interior.

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