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 that our temperatures have been a mild compared to previous seasons.
This season I’m finding that I prefer growing Luffa on a small scale. I’m enjoying the different stages of this plant as each one can be really exciting.
One of those exciting stages would be when yellow blooms occur, they close at night and then reopen when a new day begins.
The bees show up on a daily basis which also helps the rest of my garden.
This Luffa is about half grown, way past the edible stage. It should be finished growing by October and ready to sponge harvest.
At this stage you want to make sure the pod is hanging free, this will allow for a nice straight sponge without any bruises.
Luffa is a fun natural plant to grow with no waste which is pretty awesome. If you want to give them a try get my Free Luffa Grow Guide below and you can purchase Luffa Seeds Here.