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Growing Luffa, also Loofah, plant sponge

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
T               S   T T

(Best months for growing Luffa in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings

  • Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 68°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 18 - 30 inches apart
  • Harvest in 11-12 weeks. Use as a back scratcher.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Peas, Beans, Onions, Sweetcorn
  • Avoid growing close to: Potatoes
  • Luffa on vine

This type of squash while not strictly a vegetable can be eaten when young. They are more commonly grown to use when mature and dried.

The plants need warmth to grow successfully. Keep inside until all risk of frost is gone.

They grow on vines similar to cucumbers.

A large loofa makes a great back scratcher. Luffa can be cut into many shapes for scrubbing pads, padding, and other uses.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Luffa

The luffa flowers and fruits are soft and edible when young and are sometimes cooked and eaten like squash or okra. Loofah has been an important food source in many Asian cultures. The leaves and vines should not be eaten.

Your comments and tips

06 Oct 18, Karen Robertson (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
Where can I but in nz tauranga area pse.
07 Oct 18, Mike L (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Try on the net - seed selling people. If not try Australia.
04 Oct 18, EILEEN ZERRENNER (USA - Zone 6a climate)
will lofa grow in my zone?
30 Sep 18, Diane Cotman (USA - Zone 5a climate)
Can I grow Luffa in Bellingham Washington? What sorts of yields can I expect?
21 Sep 18, Pearl (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Does anyone know where I can buy loofah/luffa seeds? Got from seedsforafrica last year. They are out of stock. I am in Midrand,South Africa
16 Sep 18, Michelle Mckee (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Where can I buy the plant or the vegetable please I'm in ispwich Queensland. Many thanks Michelle
16 Sep 18, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
google, (or other search engines) where to buy luffa seeds on the internet.
10 Sep 18, Ranee Naidoo (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Please advise where I could buy these seeds?How much do I pay for seeds.Does the point of the seed face upwards?
08 Jul 18, Karen (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have a wonderful crop. When do I pick them? What is required after picking?
13 Jul 18, Mike L (Australia - temperate climate)
Did you read the notes here. Depends what you want it for. Young to eat - old for pads etc.
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