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Gourd Luffa
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Gourd Luffa

Grow Your Own Sponges

  • 3-7 in., light green, cylindrical fruits
  • After curing can be used as a sponge
  • Vines will climb a fence or trellis
  • Heirloom variety
  • Can be harvested young and eaten as vegetable
Grow your own bath or cleaning sponges, naturally. An heirloom variety, luffa gourd produces 3-7 in., light green, cylindrical fruits. Harvest them at the small stage and eat as a vegetable—or let the fruits mature on the vine, harvest and cure. When the gourd is dried, peal the skins and use the sponge for bathing, washing dishes or other household cleaning. Luffa vines can grow 10-12 ft. long—growing near a fence or trellis is recommended. In Northern regions, start gourd seeds indoors and transplant the young plants to the garden after danger of frost has passed. 120 DAYS.



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  • Botanical Name: Luffa aegyptiaca
  • Height: 24 - 30 inches
  • Spacing: 3 - 4 feet
  • Depth: Sow seed as soon as the weather is warm and all danger of frost has passed. In short-season areas, start seed indoors. Plant the seeds 1 inch deep, 3 to a hill, spacing hills 4-feet apart. After seedlings grow 2 inches tall, thin to 2 plants per hill.
  • Spread: 6 - 12 feet vine
  • Light Required: Full Sun
  • Foliage: Green
  • Days To Maturity: 120 days
  • Zone: 3 - 9 (annual)
  • Germination: 4 - 6 days
  • Form: Vine
  • Soil Requirements: Rich, well-drained soil.
  • Comments: Green gourds are mature when their skin hardens and stem turns yellow. To produce a luffa sponge, leave on the vine until the skin begins to shrivel. Remove the skin to reveal the sponge, and shake out the seeds. Vine is very productive and vigorous. Grow on a trellis to conserve garden space and allow for rounder gourds. Gourds can grow 6 - 30 inches long and 3 - 7 inches in diameter.

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