The attack of the Luffahs
I swear my luffah's have come from outer space. It is an alien invasion. They are insane! I love them, ROFL.
I have two 20 foot trellises in my garden made of six foot tell hardware wire fencing. I planted the luffa down at one end. They took a while to get started but grew all the way down the fence. I trained them back. They went back and forth at least three times. The side shoots have gone everywhere. They've gone out over the back garden fence and some have gone another 30 feet that way. Some of these stems must be 50-60 feet or MORE in length, all totaled. THey have grown all over the chicken yard fence a few feet away and are making their way up across the roof.
I have had many blossoms and was beginning to despair about having them set any sponges. They finally set the first sponge a couple of weeks ago--it's now at least 18" or more long and a good three inches in diameter. All of a sudden they are setting a lot more fruit -- I counted at least 20 today, though I could not stay in the garden long as I've been very ill and just went to see my plants for a few minutes. There are likely more up under the leaves.
Are luffah always this way? I only planted about six seeds. It's the attack of the invading luffahs. I definitely am saving seeds from these babies and planting them next year. It's been a lot of work to keep them from strangling everything else I'm growing but it's been oh so fun to watch them grow sometimes two and three feet a DAY.