Luffa Gourd (Luffa aegyptiaca) Have you ever thought about growing your own sponges? You can in fact grow Luffa Gourd in Canada, from zones 3 upwards. (Also spelled Louffa, Louffah and Loffah). Luffa Gourds, also called dishcloth gourds, are an heirloom species that have been grown in North America as early as the 1880’s. Luffa plants are somewhat like cucumbers in growth habit, climbing up and over anything in their path. Providing a 5-6” trellis is necessary. Large 3” yellow flowers are quite striking against the dark green foliage. Plants thrive in the heat of summer therefore, indoor starts are necessary in most regions of Canada. Growing under poly tunnels for the first few weeks will also ensure you have a good crop of sponges! If you are not interested in drying the fruits for sponges, dishcloths, or strainers, Luffa Gourds can be consumed like squash and cucumbers. LIMITED QUANTITIES for 2024!
130 days to maturity.
10 seeds per packet $4.45
Planting Information:Soak seeds in warm water for 12-18 hours before planting to help with the germination process. Start seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost. Sow 1/2” deep in biodegradable pots if possible (at least 4”) so roots can expand and not be disturbed upon transplanting. Keep pots in a very warm location. Seedlings need heat! Harden off outdoors once the weather is warm and night temps are not lower than 10 degrees C. Germination can take 20 - 24 days or longer so patience is required!