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Growing Luffa, also Loofah, plant sponge

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Luffa in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays 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 68°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 18 - 30 inches 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
  • Luffa on vine
    Luffa on vine

This type of squash while not strictly a vegetable can be eaten when young. They are more commonly grown to use when mature and dried.

The plants need warmth to grow successfully. Keep inside until all risk of frost is gone.

They grow on vines similar to cucumbers.

A large loofa makes a great back scratcher. Luffa can be cut into many shapes for scrubbing pads, padding, and other uses.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Luffa

The luffa flowers and fruits are soft and edible when young and are sometimes cooked and eaten like squash or okra. Loofah has been an important food source in many Asian cultures. The leaves and vines should not be eaten.

Your comments and tips

08 Jun 17, Sage wiltshire (Australia - temperate climate)
I have been give some seeds that I will plant this year but just wondering what soil type is best? I'm from the north region of Victoria and it is hard dry clay during summer. What soil should I plant in?
09 Jun 17, Giovanni (Australia - temperate climate)
Luffa needs the same soil requirements as pumpkins, zucchinis, etc. Work as much compost or old manure into the soil over the winter even adding a frame or an old tyre where you want to plant them to allow for more soil, compost or manure. make sure they get consistent watering at the roots and you should do well.
01 Mar 17, trudi pollard (Australia - temperate climate)
I live in West Australia Bedfordale in the hills a bit cooler than Perth Where can i get seeds for growing loofah in the west?
02 Mar 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Luffa seeds are available from Eden Seeds at Lower Beechmont and Green harvest at Maleny, both in SEQld. they can be sent to WA from the eastern states. All the best
04 Feb 17, Coco (Australia - temperate climate)
hi does any one know if I could use the seeds to plant from a store bought loofa ?
04 Feb 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
If the seeds are only a season or two old there is no reason why not. Loofa is a cucurbit (a member of the pumpkin, squash and cucumber family) but has no close relatives that it could hybridise with. Grow the same as pumpkin. Trust this helps.
13 Jan 16, Hope (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I have seeds for Loofas, Kindly contact me on [email protected] if you need some.
15 Oct 16, Jean Hull (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
I would love to get some loofah seeds but not sure where to purchase them in Natal.
29 Dec 15, Jessica (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
My luffa plant grow really tall and healthy but I didn't see any fruit yet? Could you pls tell me which month they will start fruiting??? Thanx
02 Sep 17, Phil (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi, loofah take a while to fruit. I'm planting seedlings now and would expect results in January/February.
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hi does any one know if I could use the seeds to plant from a store bought loofa ?

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