Gourd 'Sponge Luffa' Seeds

Grown for its fibrous flesh which, when dried, makes the best bath sponges ever!

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$2.50

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Make your own bath sponge! The fibrous internal structure of the gourd converts into sponges after 12” long. They climb or spread just like cucumbers and need a very similar growing environment. When ripe at 12” or when the skin feels loose, cut them from the vine and leave in a dry place with good air circulation. The outer skin will come away revealing the luffa beneath. Wash them in mild disinfectant and place in a warm place to dry completely. 

You can also grow these to eat as a vegetable. Luffas are known in Asian Cuisine as “Cee Gwa.” Harvest them for eating when they are 2-6″ long. They can be eaten like a cucumber, or chop and stir-fry with chicken, bamboo shoots, or cashews.

Michigan Seeds grown on our farm Renegade Acres in Howell, MI!

Additional Info

Botanical Name Luffa cylindrica
Life Cycle Annual
Min. Time to Germinate 3 Days
Max. Time to Germinate 21 Days
Depth to Sow Seeds 1/2 in.
When to Sow Indoors 2-4 weeks before last spring frost
Growing Height 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
Plant Spacing 12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
Hardiness N/A
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Danger Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color Bright Yellow
Bloom Time Late Summer/Early Fall, Mid-Summer
Other Details Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH Requirements 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic), 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic), 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Days to Harvest 90-100, 100-110, 110-120, 120-130
Propagation Methods From seed; direct sow after last frost, From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Seed Collecting Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
Seeds Per Pack 15