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?
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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Enjoy These Articles from our last Growing Season
- Growing Luffa – A Green Thing
- A Little Bit of Luffa
- Harvesting a Luffa Sponge
- Countryside Magazine – Feature, Growing Luffa
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