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Squash, Gourd, Ornamental Luffa

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HEIRLOOM. Grow your own bath sponges.

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Grow these squash for its fibrous flesh and when dried, you'll have the best bath sponges ever! Harvest at 2" long for delectable baby vegetables or up to 7" long for drying into sponges. Needs at least 90 days to harvest for sponges. North of zone 6, start seeds indoors. Vines spread 12'.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

90 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

2-7 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

96-144 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

24-36 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    First Date: May-16 - Last Date: Jun-13

How to Sow

Sowing Directly in the Garden:

  • Sow in a rich, well-drained location in full sun after all danger of frost. Do not plant squash family crops in the same spot 2 years in a row.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Sow 6-8 seeds 3 inches apart in hills 8 feet apart.
  • Cover seeds with a ½ inch of fine soil.
  • Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
  • Seeds emerge in 7-14 days.
  • Thin seedlings to 3-4 per hill when they are 1-2 inches high.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. Avoid disturbing the soil around the plants when weeding.
  • Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote rapid, uninterrupted growth. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Gourds grow well on trellises or supports, keeping the fruits off the ground.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.

Harvest and Preserving Tips

  • Harvest after the shells harden. Cut the fruits from the vines with 1-2 inches of stem attached.
  • Cure them for a week in a warm, dry location with good air circulation.
  • Store them in a cool, dry place at 50-55 degrees F for use throughout the winter.
  • Add to fall and winter displays when dried.
Days To Maturity
90 days
Fruit Size
2-7 inches
Full Sun
96-144 inches
24-36 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Sow Time
After Last Frost
36 inches
Life Cycle
Squash, Gourd, Ornamental Luffa is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 15.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product! My luffa seeds are going crazy! Quite a few luffa's growing from 4 seeds planted. Very happy!
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 100% of seeds producing!!! I purchased loofa & spaghetti squash seeds I've had great success with germination ! Thank you for such great seeds!!
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This plant is much more than a sponge I live in central NC. This plant when harvested young, is extremely delicious. Much it is alike okra and can be cooked as such. Always, there are plenty; that "escape" harvest and become large. These dry well as sponges.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good & Bad The Bird house gourds did okay (good, but not great). The luffa vines grew tall, but no fruit.
Date published: 2016-09-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Finally producing gourds These loofah plants took off and are growing great however they didn't produce any gourds. I only had two for the past month .now entering into September I'm getting a lot more that are forming so I don't know if it just needed a longer growing time or the hotter weather or better bees pollinating it but now they're finally producing gourds.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING Not all of the seeds sprouted but, I am glad they didn't. The vine is EVERYWHERE and it has the most beautiful flowers that attract bees to help out in the garden. Just harvested my first 2 loofahs and they are drying so I can use them, and lots more growing. Do not under estimate the amount of space they need. Beautiful!
Date published: 2015-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from These vines went everywhere! It was my plan to start these seeds in small peat pots in my protected vegetable garden and then transplant them to grow along a fence. Well, before I knew it the vines had begun to attach themselves to the fence that surrounds my protected garden and it was too late to move them. They grew like crazy, but for all the healthy greenery I didn't really get as many loofa as I'd hoped. I will try them again.
Date published: 2014-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Huge Plant!! I grew only one plant and it was gigantic! It completely covered a 6ft. tall 25 ft. long section of fence. I have at least 5 or 6 luffas that I know will make it before the frost hits and I have several more that I think will be useable. It attracted many different types of bees and many ants also. None of the bees or ants bothered me or the rest of the garden. Aphids actually seemed to prefer the luffa vine over my tomatoes and peppers. The luffa helped to keep the rest of my garden aphid free and the aphids seemed to have no ill effects on the luffa. I also directed it's growth so that the luffa vines actually helped to secure my tomato plants to the fence. This is a great, fun and easy to grow plant and I will definitely grow it again. If you decide to grow your own just be sure that you have LOTS of climbing and growing room for it.
Date published: 2014-10-11
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