Discover the wonders of cultivating Luffa sponges in your garden! These luffa seeds offer you the opportunity to nurture your own collection of sponges. The gourds produced can grow to impressive lengths of 12 to 24 inches, borne on robust and thriving vines. While trellising is an option to support growth and save space, it's not an absolute necessity for these vigorous vines. When the gourd's skin transitions to a rich brown hue and begins to naturally separate from the fibrous interior, it's the perfect time for harvesting. Whether for cleaning, exfoliating, or creating unique handmade items, these luffa sponges offer a practical and versatile addition to your garden's bounty. 2g ~ 20 seeds
Start seed indoors 4-6 weeks before transplanting into the garden. Optimum soil temperature for seed germination is 65-85 degrees. Transplant to the garden 2 to 3 weeks after your average last frost. Or, plant seeds directly in the garden 2-3 weeks after average last frost date. Warm soil is essential to good seed germination and emergence. Gourds grow best in a warmer climates with full sun. Using transplants can speed production. Trellising is suitable but not required. Harvest when the skin has turned brown and starts to separate from fiber inside.
Scientific Name:Luffa aegyptica Days to Maturity: 100-120 Seed Depth: 1" Days to Sprout: 7-14 Plant Spacing: 18-24" Row Spacing: 2-5' Light Requirements: Sunny Plant Height: 18-24" Life Cycle: Annual Frost Hardy: No