Luffa Gourd

Luffa, or Sponge Gourds (Luffa aegyptiaca) are vining, annual squash family plants native to Southeast Asia. The fruits are edible when young and commonly used in Asian cuisines, but are more commonly cultivated for their fibrous innards in the west. Fully mature fruits can be peeled back to reveal a sponge-like material that can be used for cleaning / bathing.

Luffas are annuals that mature in approximately 90 days when seeded under ideal soil and climate conditions. Young fruits can be harvested within 60-70 days.

Size: Packet: 20 seeds (2.2 grams)

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Luffa, or Sponge Gourds (Luffa aegyptiaca) are vining, annual squash family plants native to Southeast Asia. The fruits are edible when young and commonly used in Asian cuisines, but are more commonly cultivated for their fibrous innards in the west. Fully mature fruits can be peeled back to reveal a sponge-like material that can be used for cleaning / bathing.

Luffas are annuals that mature in approximately 90 days when seeded under ideal soil and climate conditions. Young fruits can be harvested within 60-70 days.

Common Name:
Luffa Gourd
Scientific Name:
Luffa aegyptiaca
Description:
Dried inners of the mature fruits can be used as a bath or kitchen scrubber! Also edible when young.
Plant Lifespan:
Annual
Cold Hardiness:
Zone 9b (25 to 30)
Light Requirements:
Full Sun (min. 6 hours a day)
Seed In:
Late Spring-Summer
Seeding Depth:
1/2 - 3/4 in.
Days to Sprout:
3-7
Optimal Soil Temperature (F):
75-80
Plant Spacing:
2 ft.
Average Days from Seed to Harvest:
~90

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