Petola was among the first to be germinated with bitter gourd, roselle, sweet corns and ground nuts at the beginning of November 2010. By the look of it, petola will emerge as winner, being the first to flower with sure promise of fruits soon. I read an article A Legacy of Luffa by Elizabeth Harwick about luffa showing the first signs of flowers or fruit setting 6 weeks after the seeds sprouted. Luffa is following the same pattern here, and that is a promising adventure.
large yellow flower of petola / luffa
at the lower stem.
close-up of petola / luffa flower
Petola / luffa flower
at different stage of development.
Petola/ luffa fruit forming
with tip blossom about to fall off.
Petola / luffa tip blossom is not open yet.
another fruit forming,
waiting for blossom to open at the tip
baby petola / luffa
Quite visible is an ant searching for food.
bug eating leaf.
This is exactly the same specie that had been eating
cucumber leaves in Putrajaya Garden
Weather forecast is pointing towards rains and storm the whole week. Today it rained, minus the storm. I wonder if petola / luffa can handle stormy rains......
Bangchik and kakdah,
menanam petola di Tanah Merah