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