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.
- 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.