A Little Bit of Luffa

Back in April I shared tips for growing Luffa sponges.  We started back in our test field where we planted in buckets.


I scaled back the majority of the Luffa buckets we planted and I have no regrets with that decision because I had too many other things going on and couldn’t keep up.

I kept a total of six plants and because I was curious if growing in buckets would be successful.

The answer revealed itself rather quickly; it has been a much slower growing process.  We’re not sure if this is because of the container planting.  It’s possible it could be due to the mild temperatures we’ve been experiencing this summer.

I enjoy growing Luffa but not in high volume.  Large scale farming for me takes the joy and creativity away from the process.

I like the yellow blooms these plants produce; you can often find bumble and honey bees pollinating and going about their business on a daily basis.  Those blooms close up at night and then reopen when a new day begins.

Luffa in the early stages is also edible; this can be a tasty treat.  They are also high and after 6 inches can work as a laxative, remember to only eat the smaller ones.

This Luffa is about half grown, way past the edible stage.  It should be finished growing by October and ready to harvest as a sponge.  At this stage you want to make sure the pod is hanging free, this will allow for a nice straight sponge.

It doesn’t appear we’re going to have a huge harvest and that sounds just wonderful to me. Luffa is a fun plant to learn more check put Sponges on a vine, a guide to growing your own from germination to harvest.

8 comments

  1. daisy g says:

    Good to know about the containers. We plan to grow loofa in the future. I've seen them get out of control in the right circumstances! Fun, fun!

    1. They love the hot and humid climates – we tried pots after reading about a farm in California that grows them that way. We discovered we like the stronger root system so the plant can grow wild because you get a larger Luffa, normally about 5 per plant. It's always fun learning just remember you need a 200 day growing season. -Carole

  2. Lindsey says:

    This is so cool, thanks for sharing this! I saw a packet of luffa seed this spring and was totally intrigued. I'm super excited to see they like hot and humid climates – I'm in Florida, so that's perfect:) I'm definitely going to be trying this next spring! Thanks again for sharing:)

    1. Yep – Florida is the perfect climate – plant in the ground and be blessed. You will love them! There are three types of luffa research it so you get the correct softness of sponge. Good Luck! -Carole

  3. We grew Luffa for the first time last year and I only had 3 reach maturity and none of the seeds I started this year survived, unfortunately. We've also had a very cool summer this year, but it's my understanding that luffa just have a very, very long growing season anyway? I don't really know much about them. Popping over from Tuesday Garden Party. Love your photos!

    1. They do have a 200 day growing season and do best in warmer humid climates. I have another post I wrote about growing them that I linked to in this post. You might find it helpful. It's also better to soak your seeds 24 hours to planting and to remember that germination can take up to 2 weeks. They love water too! – Hope that helps some. Carole

  4. So sweet garden! thanks for sharing this at Fabulous Friday Maria

    1. Thanks – We just got some rain recently so I have a very happy garden right now. -Carole

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