Free Grow Guide For Luffa Sponges

Get Free Luffa Grow Guide includes step by step from choosing seeds varieties to sprout seed and harvesting. This is a complete guide for raising on a small or large scale.

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How to Grow Luffa Sponges

Have you ever used a home-grown luffa sponge?

Well let me just say they’re pretty fantastic and when we lived on our farm Robert had this idea of growing Luffa on a large scale.

I have to be honest; I wasn’t excited because one of the first learning tips that caught my attention was this plant had a 200 day growing season.

It’s a tropical so that made sense but 200-days is a long time.

Our weather in North Texas is unpredictable especially in the spring so getting started took careful planning.

It felt like for three years all we talked about was growing luffa…


Like most things on our farm we figured out how to rise above our weird weather allowing our first season to be pretty successful.

Wow, did we learn a lot…

We had hundreds of plants that first year and the following year we decided to go big and plant thousands.

We took an acre field, Robert’s ambition and put it into action…  Another year where we learned a lot…

The third year we went back to planting a small field, experimenting with several different planting options.   We had success and luffa everywhere and quite frankly I was tired…

Can you believe we still have sponges left from that last crop?

Grow Luffa Sponges


Luffa is an Interesting Plant to Grow

It made sense to share what we learned so others could have a positive experience and detour some mistakes many growers have had.

To reach harvest season you have to plan early by beginning seeds indoors as early as February.

Transplanting is also a tricky process because it is tropical, meaning temperatures have to be just right.  I’ve included all these details and more in the FREE Luffa Grow Guide.

Go ahead and grab this free download and get started now because the clock is ticking.  If you want to grow luffa and be able to harvest sponges before that first fall frost you need to plan in January because the season begins in February.

If you have a long growing season that’s predictable then you can actually direct seed plant in the Spring which is awesome.


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Growing luffa was a neat experience and you don’t need a large crop to enjoy the beauty this plant has to offer.

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Smiles and Sunshine, Carole West


How to Grow Luffa Sponges

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  1. Jemma says:

    I think this is so neat! This is going to be my year of the Luffa. Carole, you are so creative and talented. I enjoy your posts so much!

    1. Carole West says:

      I’m not sure if you could grow it up there but if you want seeds let me know and I’ll send some to you. You would have to start seeds now and probably couldn’t transplant until May but it would be fun to try because I know the summers up there can get pretty warm.

  2. daisy says:

    This is one of the easiest gourds to grow! Sometimes it takes a while to get started, but once it takes off, watch out! I have learned to peel it vertically, from the top down to make it easier. Our Master Gardener group grows them as a fundraiser for the Community Garden. Can’t wait to grow a new crop next season!

  3. Growing them isn’t a problem for us. It’s peeling them. We never seem to be able to get them entirely clean on the first peel. We always have to go back and zip off pieces that didn’t peel off on the first try.

    When we grew them in east Texas, they grew like weeds–literally. Here, they’re just as prolific, but we have to water them. In east Texas, Mother Nature gave them all the water they needed, and then some.

    When we did grow them in east Texas I seem to remember we put them in a water bath, let them soak for a few hours and then peeled the skin. They did come out clean then. Water is more precious here so I haven’t done the soak method here.

    I wonder if we wait too late to dry peel?? Maybe if we peeled before they reached the dark brown stage it would give us a cleaner peel.

    Have you experimented peeling at different stages?

    1. Carole West says:

      Yes I’ve peeled at all stages, green, yellow, yellow/brown and crunchy bround. Yellow/brown is my favorite because it’s like peeling a banana and the sponge is softer. In this post at the end I have three links and the third one will show that stage.

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