Growing Luffa, also Loofah, plant sponge

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

(Best months for growing Luffa in Australia - temperate regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings

  • 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
  • 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

30 Oct 20, Amanda Fitzgerald (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Although im in sub-tropic, northern rivers NSW i still get heavy frosts, can i still grow luffas and is november too late to plant out seedlings
02 Nov 20, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Although it is a summer crop, they say to plant seeds Sept onwards. Maybe best to wait until after the last frosts. If you feel your climate is more like temperate use temperate climate zone
11 Mar 20, Karen (Australia - tropical climate)
Will these grow in Darwin .its wet season now
12 Aug 20, Mary-Anne (Australia - temperate climate)
I’m in Palmerston & my Luffa is growing beautifully. The gourds are impressive too!
11 Mar 20, Anon (Australia - tropical climate)
Go to the Luffa page again and read, it is all there.
30 Jun 19, Karen Flakelar (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi while all my other gourd plants have died off over winter my luffa seems to be powering on as if it prefers winter and has lots of little luffahs and flowers coming on It doesn't even appear to be affected by frost Is this normal luffa behaviour?
26 May 19, Sue Giles (Australia - temperate climate)
I got seeds from the hills seed company in Perth.
21 May 19, Gina (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Just found this link on growing luffa for anyone interested. Cheers.
31 Jan 19, Zac Ezzy (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Boondie Seeds, Armidale NSW. that's where I got mine :)
31 Dec 18, Betty (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi I bought some loofah seeds on eBay and want to know if I can plant them now. From what I read it would be possible and have fruit by April. Could you please confirm Many thanks Betty
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