Grow Your Own Loofa (Luffa) - Continued
Train the loofah plants to the trellis or fence as they grow by stringing the vines trough the fencing ortrellis slats.FiveMulch the plants heavily during the mid-summer to help them retain moisture when watered.SixHarvest the loofahs when the stems turn yellow and the skins are dry.SevenSet the harvested loofahs in a single layer to dry. They are fully dry when the skins turn leathery andbrown. This will take approximately 2 weeks.EightSoak the loofahs in warm water overnight to help make peeling the skins from the sponges easier. Drythe peeled loofahs in the sun. This will also help to bleach the color of the sponges to a light tan.Words to the Wise:If you soak the seeds for up to 2 days before planting, they will germinate faster.Loofah vines can grow to 15 feet or longer and will take over a garden if not trellised in some fashion.Loofahs love full sun and fertile soil. Add compost to the hills before planting to encourage maximumgrowth.
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Welcome to Luffa.info! Here you will find information and pictures about the amazing Luffa spongegourd. Luffa sponge gourds have many names, both common and scientific. They are known as smoothloofah, loofah, loofah sponge, loofa, luffa, loufa, loufah, sponge gourd, Chinese okra, elephant okra,dishrag gourd, and other common names. The scientific names for this plant include Luffa cylindrica,Luffa aegyptiaca, or Luffa aegyptica. There are also different related species of Luffa within the Luffagenus.We have been growing and enjoying our natural luffa fiber since the mid 1990s here in Carter CountyTennessee. We went to organic growing methods in the 21st century.