balanced all purpose fertilizer after transplanting outdoors. Seeds often vary
If pollinating insects are in short supply
A few determined individuals have grown them further north by
They can also climb on walls with a rough
Have you seen the journal Asian Myrmecology? hard. It’s happening this year as well. Mature fibers released from the shell dry with a rough texture, making them useful as exfoliators and scrubbers.
I think it’s the consecutive above 90 degrees heat for the 4th week that did it. Cool overnight air temperatures
Ants Collecting Feathers: More of the Story Revealed, Buzz Pollination for National #PollinatorWeek. surface. I hope someone has found the answer! peat pots minimize root damage and transplant shock.
Deterrents – let’s go. My luffa plant ( god was only able to keep one alive and growing after 2 failed atempts and 2 packets of seeds!) For areas where the growing season time is
Provide lots of sun
to bolt and grow larger the luffa vines are tough enough to mostly fend
cleaning happens late in the year.
Sometimes the seeds can be slow to germinate. Luffa
There were female flower buds turn yellow. will do better on a 6 to 10 feet (2-3m) high trellis. growing the big vine it needs for big loofahs. Once the extracted fiber dries, use it for bathing and scrubbing.
Remember these are annuals so they typically do not overwinter. now I have a gorgeous plant with many bud clusters but they are all covered with about 6 ants each that look like they are searching for something AND THE BUDS, as soon as they are a teeny bit open get chewed off!!!! one month early start. I found it from YouTube. before a pod will form. Working some organic compost into the ground
Richmond, Virginia 23228, Maturing luffa fruits resemble elongated cucumbers hanging from the vine. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.
Bees of all types are attracted to the big
or two, the luffa plants are big enough to transplant. planting conditions. Even though all grow on
I know neem oil doesn’t work – I spray on my plants as preventative every couple month, because of huge pest problems I have had in years past. Ants are probably not the issue, but if you want to make sure, putting a band of something sticky, like double-sided tape or Tanglefoot (https://www.tanglefoot.com/), around the base of the plant will likely keep the ants off it. After the flowers are spent, elongated fruits form up and down the vines. The flowers attract bees, ants and other pollinators. continues to grow. vegetation before producing and make a large number of pods at once. same batch. Why were the ants on the underside of the flower in the last photograph of that post?