Growing Luffa, also Loofah, plant sponge

Cucurbitcaea : Cucurbitaceae / the gourd family

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

(Best months for growing Luffa in USA - Zone 5a regions)

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

Your comments and tips

01 Apr 22, Jurgen (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Also koanga gardens sells luffa seeds
04 Mar 22, Deleene (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I live in a very hot long summer rainfall with a short very cold (black frost at least once in winter) area. When is the best time to plant my Loofah seeds?
21 Sep 22, Bee-Pie (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
Early spring. Do it now.
09 Mar 22, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate) It is right there in the calendar.
14 Oct 21, Monet lovett-Darby (Canada - Zone 6b Temperate Warm Summer climate)
Hi ! When is the best time to grow a luffa (Gardenate: )
13 Aug 21, Faye Johnson (USA - Zone 4a climate)
How can I get seeds from my Lofa plant to start new ones for next year?
29 Aug 21, anon (USA - Zone 7b climate)
Let the fruit dry right out then collect the seeds.
09 Mar 21, Vasie Naicker (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
HI there, where can one purchase loofer seeds online?
10 Mar 21, Anonymous (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
Internet search where to buy luffa, or seed suppliers on-line
30 Oct 20, Amanda Fitzgerald (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Although im in sub-tropic, northern rivers NSW i still get heavy frosts, can i still grow luffas and is november too late to plant out seedlings
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