Gourd Luffa HEIRLOOM Seeds

Gourd Luffa HEIRLOOM Seeds

Luffa aegyptiaca

Item #1258

Annual. Warm season. Luffas are great for scrubbing your back, washing dishes, cleaning the barbeque grill and much, much more! The one to two foot long gourds are so interesting to watch develop in the garden. Grow your own years’ supply of sponges, and give some as gifts! Vigorous vines can reach 20'; grow on a trellis or fence.


110 days to maturity

Full sun

20' vines

Days to Emerge:
10 - 25

Seed Depth:

Seed Spacing:

Row Spacing:
Plant against fence or trellis

When 1" tall,
thin to 18" apart

When to sow outside: 2 to 4 weeks after average last frost and when soil temperatures are above 60° F.

When to start inside: Recommended for cold winter climates. 2 to 4 weeks before average last frost. Seedlings don’t transplant well - use pulp pots and transplant directly into soil after carefully removing bottom of pot.

Special germination instructions: Soak seed 12-24 hours before sowing.

Harvesting: For use as a sponge, gourds are ready to harvest when they turn brown, feel light, and rattle with loose seeds when shaken. In shorter season climates, harvest the gourds and dry them for about 2 weeks or until the skin hardens and they turn brown. In either case, then open the large end and shake out the seeds. Soak the gourd overnight or until the skin separates from the sponge. Remove the excess pulp and rinse in a 10% bleach solution. Allow to dry thoroughly.

Artist: Donna Clement

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