Growing Luffa, also Loofah, plant sponge

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

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

S = Plant undercover in seed trays 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 20°C and 30°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 45 - 75 cm 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

14 Oct 21, Monet lovett-Darby (Canada - Zone 6b Temperate Warm Summer climate)
Hi ! When is the best time to grow a luffa (Gardenate: www.gardenate.com/plant/Luffa?zone=53 )
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
02 Nov 20, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Although it is a summer crop, they say to plant seeds Sept onwards. Maybe best to wait until after the last frosts. If you feel your climate is more like temperate use temperate climate zone
23 Sep 20, Vicki (USA - Zone 9b climate)
Can I plant loofa seeds in Oct.
23 Sep 20, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Check on this page www.gardenate.com/plant/Luffa?zone=116
23 Jul 20, Dan (USA - Zone 5a climate)
How much sun do they need
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I have 3 Luffa plants potted , about 3” tall and healthy. They are ready to be put in ground. Now I am stuck. Full sun, part sun , keep wet, keep dry... central Florida on the river. Please help.

- Linda

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