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 because I needed to downsize my workload. Trying to keep up with things around here isn’t always easy and knowing when to cut back is just common sense.
I kept a total of six plants 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 or jsu that our temperatures have been a mild compared to previous seasons.
I enjoy growing Luffa but not in high volume. Large scale farming for me takes the away from the growing process.
Luffa in the early stages is also edible; this can be a tasty treat. They are also high and after 6 inches and can work as a laxative. Remember to only eat the smaller pods.
To get all my tips for growing luffa check out my Magazine article right here. This is loaded with our experience from germinating to harvesting.
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 without any bruises.
It doesn’t appear we’re going to have a huge harvest and that sounds just wonderful to me.
Luffa is a fun plant that is probably one of the most natural things to grow because there is absolutely no waste.