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Scouring Pad Seeds

Scouring Pad Seeds

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It is a vegetable sponge, the fruit of a plant called Luffa: an annual vine that belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family and is widely distributed in tropical areas around the world. Its fruit, the loofah, has become more popular in recent years for its skin care properties.

The sponge plant is a vigorous vine with an annual cycle. It has a main root and secondary roots with an abundant amount of absorbent hairs. The stems are herbaceous, solid when young and hollow when mature. They can measure up to 15 meters in length and are capable of reaching tall trees due to their climbing status.

This plant is native to India but grows wild in the Amazon Rainforest. It is internally composed of a dense network of fibers that form a kind of internal sponge that covers the internal cylindrical contour of the fruit.

The name derives from the Arabic "Lufah". Naturally the loofah is rough, but after being moistened it softens and becomes a product for cleaning and revitalizing the skin.

Planting time to harvest:

  • Scourer is grown in warm climates and needs a long growing period. The time from planting to harvest can be 4 to 5 months.

Floor:

  • Scourer prefers well-drained, fertile soil. It should have a pH between 6 and 6.8. Amend the soil with organic matter, such as compost, to improve fertility.

Climate and temperature:

  • Scourer thrives in warm, sunny climates. Does not tolerate frost. The optimal temperature for its growth ranges between 21°C and 30°C.

Most recommended planting method:

  • You can start seeds indoors about 4-6 weeks before the last frost in your area or sow directly into the ground after the risk of frost has passed.

Sowing and germination depth:

  • Plant the seeds about 2.5cm deep into the soil. Scourer seeds generally germinate in 7-14 days when conditions are right.

Crop:

  • As the plants grow, you should provide support, such as a fence or trellis, since they are climbers. Be sure to keep the soil moist, but not soggy.

Irrigation:

  • The scouring pad needs constant watering to keep the soil evenly moist . Avoid waterlogging, as this can cause root rot problems.

Harvest:

  • Scouring sponges are harvested when they are still young and tender. This usually occurs when they are approximately 15-20 cm long. Cut the sponges with scissors or a sharp knife. Leave some sponges on the plant to mature and produce seeds for the next season.

Keep in mind that scourer is a plant that requires room to climb and a long growing season, so it is best suited for regions with long, warm summers. It is also important to note that scouring sponges should be peeled and dried before using them as scouring pads.

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