LUFFA - SPONGE GOURD

$2.49


Product Description

50 Seeds

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(Luffa aegyptiaca)

a.k.a. Loofah, Common dishcloth gourd - Bright yellow blooms give way to 1 to 2 foot long cucumber-like fruits.  These fruits turn brown when ripe and can be peeled, seeds removed and cleaned to use as a scrubber.

The gourds grow best in the heat of the summer so starting early in cooler climates will be key.  The vines will need a trellis or fence to grow on and can reach up to 30 feet in warmer climates.

If you prefer to grow in containers plant in 5 gallon (or larger) pots with good drainage.

Seed germination:

  • Start seeds 6-8 weeks before the last frost in your area.
  • Using a quality seed starting mix, pre-moisten the soil and plant seeds about 1/2" deep.
  • Keep seeds warm and moist until germination begins.
  • Transplant outdoors after all danger of frost has passed. 
  • Keep gourds on vine until they turn brown.  You can then peel them, remove the seeds and use bleach to sanitize them to use as a scrubber.