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I have grown luffa many years. First, always ants visiting, crawling all over doing no harm. Second, the vines like heat and produce male and female flowers separately. They are very distinctive if you examine the flower parts carefully (see images here). You need one of each sex open at the same time and a flying insect to transfer pollen from male to ...


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What insecticide / fungicide schedule are you using ? You will need at least 3 sprays after dormant oil , if you expect much fruit. I have had surprising success with peaches with no spray ( the squirrels and coons loved them ). However, I had two varieties of plum trees about 50 ft away and I have not seen any fruit larger than 1/2 " diameter in 20 ...


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The luffa.info website claims: The flowers bloom in an orderly progression as the vine lengthens. Typically there is a larger solitary female flower on a thick stem and a thinner stem with a cluster of male flowers. (...) Some female flowers will wilt and fall off while the pollinated ones will form a luffa seed pod. The male flowers fall off after they ...


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