Growing Luffa, also Loofah, plant sponge

Cucurbitcaea : Cucurbitaceae / the gourd family

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
      S S              
          T            
          P            

(Best months for growing Luffa in USA - Zone 5a regions)

  • S = Plant undercover in seed trays
  • T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings
  • P = Sow seed
  • Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 20°C and 30°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 45 - 75 cm apart
  • Harvest in 11-12 weeks. Use as a back scratcher.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Peas, Beans, Onions, Sweetcorn
  • Avoid growing close to: Potatoes

Your comments and tips

02 Aug 11, William Stanley (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi Bella If you have some spare Luffa seeds I would love to grow some as I love new and exciting projects in the garden If you can send me some I will send you some .60cent stamps as payment. [email protected] Cheers William.
16 Feb 11, (Australia - tropical climate)
Hi Bella, I see you have Loofa seeds are you willing to sell me some? Please let me know many Thanks Louise
17 Feb 11, Cyrus (USA - Zone 8a climate)
I have been growing luffah for a few years now, and each season it doesn't fruit until the beginning of the fall and the last couple years I have lost all the fruit to the early freezes!
06 Apr 12, Pam (USA - Zone 5b climate)
Perhaps you could use a row cover. These work great to protect plants from frosts & insects.
19 Feb 11, (Australia - temperate climate)
would someone tell me where I can buy loofa seeds please desparaetly want to grow them Thanks Louise
20 Feb 11, Melissa (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi there, The first lot of luffa seeds I bought, I got from ebay and had very poor results. Not even a sprout But I got some from 4seasonsseeds.com.au and they are currently vines over 3m long! They are flowering too, hope I get a luffa!
23 Feb 11, Rex (Australia - temperate climate)
I have a very big luffa in green house with a lot of leaves but have no flower. Does anyone know why it is not flowering?
06 May 11, Annette (Australia - temperate climate)
You can purchase luffa seeds from www.greenpatchseeds.com.au. Mine have grown extremely well - I only planted seeds in a few separate places and now I have more luffas than I can use! Fantastic plant!
10 Sep 11, Rebecca (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi, I have been looking everywhere to buy some loofah seeds but have not found any in Sydney. Hope you can help me. Beckx P.O.Box 1A, Palm Beach. N.S.W. 2108
28 Jan 12, Stu (Australia - temperate climate)
Eden seeds have luffa seeds. I got about 100% germination rate, and now have too many vines. Can buy the seeds online
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Hi Diane, When I was living in Sydney I was able to pop on down to the local middle eastern shop and pick up a loofah anytime I wanted. Since moving to Qld I've been resigned to receiving loofah's shipped to me via post. I would so love to grow my own and be the envy of all my friends. If you still have an abundance of seeds I would be forever grateful to take some off your hands. Regards Elsie

- Elsie Cray

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