How to Grow Luffas

Did you know you can grow luffa? How to grow luffas, where to get seeds, and what to use loofah for. Find out more about everything luffa.

Did you know you can grow luffas in your garden? Luffa sponge plants are actually a gourd! How to grow and use loofah sponges and where to buy them. 

How to Grow Luffas

During the gardening with kids class, I took to learn how to grow food with kids, one of the speakers brought some luffa seeds to give us. She told us about how she grew them with her children and let us each take a few. I was so excited and took a couple of the seeds and set out to grow my own luffas. What an exciting adventure! 

How to grow luffa sponges in your home garden. As long as you live in the right climate, growing luffa is easy, low maintenance and fun!

What is a luffa? The actual luffas you can buy at the store to use in the bath is what we are talking about. Luffas grow on a vine!

You can get some luffa seeds that the Little Sprouts harvested from their own luffas here. Remember, they are hard to germinate, so expect some not to. 

How do you spell loofah?

(If you’re wondering if luffa is the correct spelling, you can spell it that way, or loofah, either is correct, so spell it however you’d like.)

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How to grow luffa

We grow a large percentage of the food my family and my home daycare kids eat right here in the garden, WITH the preschoolers. If you want to find out how our gardening got real around here, click here.  

How to plant luffa seeds

The first step in growing luffas is to plant luffa seeds. The season for growing luffas is extremely long, so you need to expect to start your seeds extremely early and grow them indoors under a light sort of like a houseplant. 

You could even grow them in your greenhouse. Click here for instructions to build your own. 

How long does it take for luffa to grow? 

You might be wondering how long it takes for luffa to grow. In Oklahoma, I start mine in January and set them in the ground outside around April 15 or early May.

Plant the seeds about a half-inch deep and water well. Luffa seeds are hard to germinate, so if you take some time and soak them in water for about 24 hours, they may sprout more easily for you. They need to grow a foot long or more before you plant them in the ground.

Luffa seed germination

It can take anywhere from a week to two months for luffa seed germination. Gourds are notoriously hard to sprout.  The ones we planted two years ago took 6 weeks to germinate, and the ones we planted this year took one week.  Be prepared to be patient. Once you get past this stage, you can grow luffa as long as you have heat.How to Grow Luffas, tray of luffa sprouts growing under a grow light

Here are our luffa sprouts two weeks after germination.

How to grow loofah

Once your loofah plants are about a foot long and all danger of frost has passed, plant them in the ground. I have found over the past 6 years that when I plant them in my hard clay soil, they do better than when I plant them in healthy loam with lots of compost.

That’s our experience. You can grow luffa in whatever kind of soil you wish, but in my experience, they like to have little care.

How to Grow Luffas, baby luffa growing on a vine with a big yellow luffa flower on the end.

How much room does luffa sponge plant need to grow?

Luffa vines will grow to around 30 feet long and need a strong trellis to grow on so be prepared to give them a sturdy home.  We grow ours on our chain link fence.  Luffa gourds also need 8 or more hours of sunlight a day to form the blooms and gourds.

The vine will flower and behind the flowers, the tiny luffas will start growing and continue to grow into a large gourd around a foot long.

luffa ready to pick on the fence. Green with spots of brown

Growing loofah

How to Grow Luffas, mature loofahs hanging on the vine in late summer.

How to Grow Luffas, bucket full of harvested loofahs ready to peel

How to harvest luffa gourd

Once the luffas begin to turn yellow, they are ready to pick.  You can wait until they turn brown to harvest them, but it will leave dark spots on the luffas, so if you want them to look nice and light, harvest them when they are yellow.  As soon as you harvest them, pull the end of the gourd off and shake the luffa seeds out. 

Each luffa makes an inordinate amount of seeds, so it will take some work to get them all out.  If you want to save the seeds and grow them again or share them, you can just leave them to dry on a paper towel for a week or two. 

Growing luffa

Package them in an airtight container and store them in a cool, dry place.  The luffa seeds I germinated this year are ones I saved two years ago and all of them sprouted, so they store well.

removing seeds from luffa gourd, luffa on a cookie sheet with seeds falling out.


luffa gourd seeds

How to peel luffa gourd

When you get most of the seeds out of the luffa, you can pull the peels off the sponge.  They are very fibrous.  It takes a little work to get them started, but once you do, most of the peel usually comes off in one piece.

You’ll end up with a big pile of thick luffa skins, they can just go into the compost. The luffas are covered with a slimy wet substance that you can just rinse off. 

luffa coming out of the skin

luffa just peeled

Loofah seeds

Once they are clean and seed-free, you can let them dry and store them in a dust-free location.  They will last for years.  The first time we grew luffa gourds, we had three vines and ended up with almost 100 luffas.  It was great fun and we use them for many uses. 

You can cut luffa into smaller pieces so they are easier to use. They will cut with scissors but it’s hard to do, the best way is to cut the luffa with a serrated knife. I use a bread knife and it cuts them like butter. 

How long will loofah’s last?

As long as it’s not sitting in water, one luffa will last for several months or even up to a year! For more information on how to care for your luffa, click here. 

baby luffas growing on the vine in the garden

How to use an exfoliating luffa

Luffas are great exfoliators for your skin.  I keep one hanging in the shower. I have sensitive skin and I use my luffa in the bath with Tom’s natural soap. 

You can exfoliate with it a few times a week or you can use it as a washcloth and wash your whole body with it. 

Did you know you can grow luffas in your garden? Luffa sponge plants are actually a gourd! How to grow and use loofah sponges and where to buy them. 

Luffa soap

You can even make luffa soap, click on the link to find out how easy it is. Luffas are great for washing the car or scrubbing dishes as well.  The possibilities are endless. Click here to see more ways to use the luffas you grow. 

Growing luffa is a unique and interesting experience.  The kids loved taking them home to their parents and we also did a Mom’s pampering party with them. Check out some of our Mom’s Night Out parties here. I have given them as gifts to many different people as well.

Best luffa

This luffa growing project was one of the favorites with the kids. They were enamored at how huge the vines grew and the funny looking fruits luffas that grew on them. Kids learn so much by growing things click on the link to find out more. 

I hope you will try to grow luffa. Tell me about the most unusual thing you have enjoyed growing. 

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Did you know you can grow your own luffa in your garden? Luffa sponge plants are actually a gourd! Luffa growing is so much fun and it's easy too! How to grow and use loofah sponges and where to buy them. Luffa sponges are useful for the body, home, and are even edible.


  1. Brandy Von Aspern says:

    I don’t have a conventional garden as I live in AZ. Will these grow in the desert? Clay and potting soil is the only thing that I can grow anything in. If you think that I would be able to grow them I would love to have some seeds. Thank you so much for all of your posts!

    • Christina says:

      It depends on what zone you’re in. Do you have cold nights or is it hot 24/7? If you live in 6 or above, you can, if you live in zone 1-3 i wouldn’t try it. They love heat.

  2. Jade C says:

    What an interesting post about Luffas. I do love this plant a lot. Other than harvesting its mature fruits for their sponges, I do like to harvest them early for their deliciously edible fruits. Recently, I have sown some few-years-old luffa seeds direct onto the soil in my garden but they have not germinated yet the last time I checked on them. I hope at least one will come to life so that I can have its vine cover up my whole backyard fence to screen off my back neighbour’s house while able to enjoy its fruits in many ways.

    • Thank you! I’m so interested in how you enjoy eating them. I have tried them raw but that’s it. The seeds take a while to germinate. Don’t give up! I hope you get some.

      • Jade C says:

        Oh, you are welcome! I just add a little water ( very little – as this sponge gourds are already very watery ) + a small spoon of grapeseed oil + a little salt. Then, I cooked them under small fire and that’s it. They have a kind of taste I don’t know how to describe. But, that just taste great to me.
        Perhaps its because I am not fussy when it comes to eating. Some people said these gourds are very cold in nature, so we cannot eat them every day. Once a week would be fine though. And thank you so much for your encouragement. Previously, I paid for and harvested the fresh gourds from my neighbour’s garden. She has a lot of them. Actually, this is the first time I try to grow and sow the seeds on my own. It is from your writing that I come to know that they could take quite some time to germinate. I have actually almost given up on hope that they will ever germinate. Now I have renewed Hope. Thanks again! Have a great weekend!

  3. Andy Ferguson says:

    I grew some luffas a few years ago, and yes, they take a long time to germinate. I looked online, and found if you soak them overnight in water, clip the tips off with nail clippers, place them between damp/wetted paper towels in a ziplock bag and leave them in the oven with the light on, they germinate in about a week.

    Like you, I did this a while before seasonal weather allowed me to put them outside. By the time it was warm enough, most didn’t make it. Didnt know soaking and clipping would germinate so quickly. Will have to adjust my attempt next year.

  4. Catelyn says:

    Hi Christina! I’m new to gardening but have planted some luffa seeds which have now sprouted. You said you had 3 vines which produced almost 100 luffas. Does one sprout = one vine once grown? I’m unsure how many to plant of the ones that have sprouted and how many to gift to others for them to plant!

    • HI Catelyn, Thanks for asking! We did have 3 vines produce almost 100 luffas and one sprout is one vine. This past year we had about 15 vines and they produced about 200 luffas, so it depends on a lot of variables. The luffas on these vines were really big, so they produced less, I’m guessing. Some people have only had a few luffas per plant in different growing conditions. I would say to keep several and if you get too many luffas, give them away. 🙂 Happy growing, I hope you get a ton of them. 🙂

  5. Regina says:

    I have grown two types of loofah. Last year we grew Chinese loofah, which is longer and thinner, and even more prolific than the Egyptian loofah we are growing now. You are right about needing patience to grow them. I have developed quite a lecture about giving me grandchildren. The Chinese loofah blooms at night, and the pollinator s work overtime making the blossoms dance in the moonlight. The Egyptian loofah blooms in the day time, closing up shop when the sun goes down. The Chinese loofah would be beautiful in an arbor.

  6. Corina Mares says:

    I love your post and everything I learn from your awesome posts. You are fantastic

  7. Mary Rosti says:

    I love to grow the usual veggies and herbs, but also hot peppers. It’s so difficult to find organic hot peppers in the markets. I hope I win this giveaway.

  8. Debbie Rea says:

    I love to grow anything edible–even flowers!

  9. Kris M. says:

    My always favourite is heritage tomatoes. I just love the flavour. But this year I also had a lot of fun with diakon. I’m always up to try something new… Which luffas would certainly be!

  10. Nancy A Nash Coleman says:

    I love to grow all sorts of things … pretty flowers and ornamentals, all sorts of edibles … veggies, herbs and fruits. I’ve been gardening since I was a toddler … with my Dad then and now, with my kids … I LOVE sharing the miracle that is within each seed with kids and seeing the joy as the seeds they planted sprout and grow and become beautiful healthy plants!
    I’ve not grown luffa yet but, look forward to trying it! 🙂

  11. denise says:

    I have grown Luffahs for many years. They are so fun to watch grow. later we made soaps scrubbers with them

    We always grow one different vegetable a year. It adds mystery to the gardens

  12. Courtney-Jo Arrants says:

    We love to garden at Cribs To Crayons Childcare. We had lettuce, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, carrots, green beans, peas, and broccoli this year. Next year we are adding blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, pumpkins, squash, small watermelons, green peppers, luffas, and potatoes. Can’t wait!

  13. Lisa Hurley says:

    I never knew! Thanks for the info!

  14. Hannah Willisms says:

    Congrats on the milestone! Great ideas. Keep up the good work!

  15. Katie says:

    I’d love to win the giveaway!

  16. Oh dear, what do I love to grow? If it grows, I love it! I’m excited to give loofahs another go next year. Tough in New England with the shorter season. I think my favorites, especially with kids are lemon cucumbers, heirloom tomatoes (the weirder the shape and color, the better!) and sunflowers!

  17. Christy says:

    I saw this article awhile back so we planted some this year. We planted about 10 seeds. Two came up and one survived. It covers the side of the chicken coop. We have so many gourds coming on. It has been such a fun experiment and we will continue to do it. I think we ordered fom an Heirloom seed company.

  18. Robin says:

    I just asked my husband, “Where do you think loofahs come from?” He went, “…from a factory?” I’m with you, I always thought they were from the ocean, too. So we were both wrong (although him more than me, I’d like to think, hahah!) – thanks for including these great photos to dispel our crazy misconceptions!

  19. Mary Angela Stevens says:

    This was so interesting. Thanks for all the information.

  20. Lora Hyatt says:

    This is way cool! I love the idea about using your fence to grow them on, would make a great vision barrier while growing. Did you pant in the ground at the base of your fence or in pots? I’m afraid my moles would disturb them in the ground , for some reasons they are super active under my fence. Going to jump on the loofa growing train!

  21. wilma loyd says:

    Would you like to trade some seed for Trumpet flowers? I have some already rooted and you should not have any problem with them. I enjoy them very much. The first year they may not bloom. In the winter I just mulch and they come back starting in the spring.

  22. Glenda says:

    Okay who knew there were so many different kinds of luffa seeds…..and they vary hugely in price. What are the best ones to use (& reasonably priced)?

  23. Paula says:

    A friend of mine gave me some seeds. I can’t wait to get started growing them. This is new to me. I had no idea that this was even a possibility to grow. Is there a certain time of year that is best to start? How long does it take, beginning the seeds to picking the gourds?

    • It depends on where you live, what the growing season is, but get them started asap, they take a long time to grow. Check out the article, it tells about that. Thanks so much for checking it out. I’m excited you are growing them. I live in oklahoma, and we start ours in february and get them in the ground around may 15, then we harvest until freeze in fall. We usually start harvesting around june or so.

  24. Kneesha says:

    They are also very delicious when cooked when they are young. We make savoury and sweet dishes from them in Indian cooking.

  25. Kristi says:

    How lucky you are to have a friend give you some seeds.
    If you have a couple extra, I’d love to have some to try.
    Good luck with your planting.

  26. This is a perfect post. A friend actually gifted me some loofah seeds, but I didn’t know what to do with them, so this is great! Thank you!

  27. loretta Maehr says:

    Sorry I didn’t see your reply. Thanks .

  28. loretta Maehr says:

    I have the vines and the flowers growing but I have ants under the flowers. I do not see any sponges growing. Can you advise me on what the problem is.

    • The sponges will start to grow after the flowers start, so be patient, it’s coming. The ants shouldn’t bother the luffas, i have ants all over mine and luffas are starting to grow on them. 🙂 Don’t give up!

  29. Karen J says:

    If you have any seeds left, I would love to have some. It would be fun to grow some luffa’s with the grandchildren.

    • It sure would, i hope you get to. We don’t have any seeds left here, but there’s a link in the post that leads to where you can get some. Happy growing and thanks for reading!

  30. Tara Landriault says:

    Hi Cindy, I don’t know how often you check your comments. I accidentally left my address on my previous comment. I would appreciate if you could delete it once read. Thank you.

    • Hi Tara! I went ahead and deleted your previous comment so your address wouldn’t be on my blog. I wanted to make sure I’d be able to remove it because Cindy won’t be able to. 🙂 You could recommend to her and just leave your email address if you’d like, then you could email her your home address. Thanks for reading the luffa post, I hope you get some seeds from her. Havea wonderful day!

  31. Suya says:

    Hi, this is actually a beloved vegetable in China. You pick them when they are still young and green, slice it in to 1cm thickness, fired it with garlic and eggs and oyster sauce… Wonderful summer dish that is short on calories and full of fibre and vitamins. The texture of the young gourd is crisp and delicious. So I think it is really a pity to miss it as food.

    And people do let the young gourd grow for seeds and for using them as a kind of ‘scotch-bride’. We used them to polish pants and dishes and all sorts of things before 3M enters China. 🙂

    • That’s so cool! Thanks so much for sharing it! We did try them raw and they were yummy. I didn’t cook any of them though. We were excited to grow the sponges, so we didn’t want to eat too many. Thank you for reading and for your comment!

  32. Whhhaaat? I didn’t even know this was possible. New project!

    • Right? It’s so fun! 🙂 Thanks for checking it out!

      • Lau says:

        Hi, so how do they feel? Are they rough and eventually soften up with use? Are the kinda hollow-ish? I’ve never used even the ones at the store, so I wouldn’t know what to expect… Thanks. =)

        • They are scratchy like a scrubbie that you get in the bath section of the store, that’s where i have seen them. They stay scratchy like that, they are great for exfoliating. They are like a bunch of strings all wound together, so over time they break down and get flat, but they are still scratchy. It takes about 6 months to wear one out. Thanks for asking.

  33. Dee says:

    What no one tells you is that you will get tons of them! lol
    I sliced them about 1.5″, and bought glycerine soap at Michaels, added scent and color, put the slices in the bottom of red party cups, poured the soap on top. I wrapped them in lace, tied them with ribbon. They made a great Christmas gift! Everyone loved them!

  34. Kayla says:

    These for so fun to grow and harvest! They make my skin so soft and now that I’ve used them, I can hardly go back to a regular rag. They also are great for scrubbing the unscrubbable on dishes.

  35. Deb says:

    “Luffa seeds can be tough to germinate. It can take anywhere from a week to two months for them to sprout. The ones we planted two years ago took 6 weeks to germinate, and the ones we planted this year took one week. Be prepared to be patient.”

    I germinate all my seeds in peat pots placed in trays in my kitchen oven with the light kept on. You just have to keep an eye on them as they will germinate quickly and you have to remove them asap or they will grow rapidly and leggy.

  36. Pat says:

    This is so interesting I would love to give it a try. I live in southern fl. & would love to have some seeds would be willing to buy them or help on how I can get some. Thanks so much for any help you can supply.

  37. Monique Brown says:

    I would like some luffa seeds

  38. denise heredia says:

    Thanx so much for your quick response. I looked it up and I found that burpee seeds has them so I bought some. I’ll look foward to contacting you again in the future. God bless!

  39. denise heredia says:

    I was as amaized as everyone else. I grow a lot of things but nothing unusual just the plain old veggies. Thank you for sharing. I would also ask if you can share some seeds. Or where I can get some Thanx so much. MAY GOD BLESS…

  40. Elodie says:

    Hi ! This seems amazing ! I don’t think we have those in France ! I would love to have some seeds and more Infos !
    Have a perfect day !

  41. Christa says:

    This is very interesting. Would LOVE if you could send some seeds. Have many knitting projects and seeds of many different veggies if you are willing to trade. Please email me at Hope your day is fabulous!!

  42. Heidi says:

    How do you clean the luffas after doing dishes? Just handwash on its own?

    • I clean the luffas by just rinsing them like I would a rag or regular scrubber, then if they get extra yucky, I run them through the washer or dishwasher. If they don’t come clean enough from that, I just compost them and get out a new one.

  43. Barbara says:

    Just found this on Pinterest and I am pinning it! What a fun idea to share with the kids! I want to start making some soaps and these would be perfect to accompany them. I love gardening, started raised beds this spring and a new perennial garden with a dry creek bed this fall. Plants… I think I am addicted to growing them! My inside bay window is green, with the latest addition being an avocado plant that is just now sprouting a third stalk! And we have a marvelous fence line out back just waiting…

    If you have a few spare seeds… fastype77 @ yahoo(.com)… or know where to purchase, let me know. Thank you!

  44. Jeremiah says:

    I had no idea luffas were a goard, Would love some seeds! Jeremiahcooper89@msn dot com

  45. Cindy says:

    I have plenty of seeds & love to share. Been growing for years…Note: white seeds aren’t mature & will not grow…only plant black seeds…give me info & I’ll send any of you a few seeds untill supply is gone…maybe u have something to exchange? I have thousands from this summer .. 1 luffa can yield 75+ seeds.

    • Debi says:

      I would love some seeds! Will you email me a firstname.lastname@gmail
      D. Hepworth

    • Sonja Junsaker says:

      I would LOVE to grow luffas. I can send you a SASE. I could crochet a green and white cotton wash/dish cloth. Some people love them, some people…aw, not so much. ?

    • Molly Mollenkopf says:

      I would love some seeds if you would be willing to send some to me, I would really appreciate it. Feel free to email me at and I will send you my address. Thank you in advance!

    • Kyra says:

      Hey. I would love some seeds! My family has a tradition where each of us endeavor to learn one new skill per year that would help in an emergency/life altering situation. I’ve always wanted to teach everyone how to grow and use these instead of artificial sponges, but I could never find seeds in my area. I’d really appreciate it if you could send me some.

    • Melanie Rubcic says:

      Cindy, I would love some luffa seeds if you still have some. I have recently retired and I’m on the look out for fun projects. Thank you

    • Jeremiah says:

      I had no idea lufas were a goard! I would love some seeds! I can send a Self addressed envelope – Jeremiahcooper89@msn dot com

    • Brooke says:

      I would LOVE to try my hand at growing luffas! I live in southern Alabama so I think they would grow extremely well. My email is, if you have any seeds available 🙂

    • Saad Faour says:

      I know loofa long time ago , we use it in Lebanon , and we call it lifa ,Greeks call it loofa . We used to use also natural sponges , they become rare later but I know that Greece sea is rich with it . I live now in Quebec Canada , we have loufas in stores , I tried to plant their seeds it didn’t work . I appreciate if some body send me some seeds to grow , our Sumer here is short , so we need to prepare it before , best regards to all .
      Saad Faour

    • Stacey says:

      I would love some seeds. Send me your address and I’ll send you an envelope. Thanks so much….

    • C. Strader says:

      I would also love a couple of seeds, and would happily pay postage. Are there different varieties of luffas, and is there a chance that one variety of luffa will overgrow my area? Should I be looking for a particular type of luffa, that is? I live in NC, and invasive species tend to be problematic.

      • The luffas grow at least 30 feet long and need a strong trellis, but they do not reseed themselves everywhere and become invasive in that way. You do need a large space to grow them though, they will go everywhere during their growing season. 🙂

    • Jari Fleming says:

      I would love to have some seeds. Let me know what you’d like for me to do.

    • Billie j kisner says:

      If you have any black seeds left I would just love a few , thank you so much !!!!

    • Lali Dahal says:

      Hi Cindy I would like to have some of the luffa seed. I will appreciate it . I also have some other seed I can share. I can send you paid envelope.
      My Email
      Thank you !!!

    • Lee says:

      Would love to grow luffa. Will swap with whatwever I have. How about spaghetti pumpkin? Or spaghetti beans? or flowers. Whatever you like. Please reply. Or anybody else with exquisit growing.

    • Kimberly says:

      I would love to grow Luffas in addition to my slowly growing small farm.

    • Heather Pennington says:

      My husband and I love our farm and I tried my first garden last year. Learned a LOT of what to do and what not to do, gotta learn somehow I guess. But I never knew that a puffs was a gourd, for some reason I thought it was a man-made item. I apologize that I don’t have much to offer in return for a few seeds. I crochet in my free time so if there is something you could use I would be more than happy to make it. Also, if you have any helpful tips on when to plant, what works best for growing, I would appreciate it very much. My email is

    • Lauren says:

      would love some seeds! Sounds like so much fun!

    • Susan Miller says:

      Will you please mail me some seeds? I grew an abundant display of Morning Glories this year and I’d be more than happy to send you some seeds from them. They were a wide variety of colors and the plants were very healthy as I’m sure the seeds will be.

    • Bea says:

      I would love some seeds if still available! Thanks for the tip!

    • Theresa Bush says:

      I would love to try to grow these. My skin could use some attention, it has taken a beating from chemo. Cancer was three years ago but medication has made my skin feel rough. I think luffas will help. I love to grow anything I can. Thank you so much for any seeds you may be able to spare.

      • I’m sorry, but I don’t have any seeds left to give you. 🙁 There is a link in the post to renees seed if you would like to purchase some. I wish I had enough for everyone! Thank you for reading. I know you’d love the luffas if you grow some.

    • karen angelozzi says:

      Cindy- i just came across this thread. if you have any seeds, i would love a few.
      can’t wait to try my hand at growing luffa’s.
      thanks again

  46. Debi says:

    Clearly I am not one of the first 8, but I would love to get some seeds. I don’t even know where to begin to look for them locally. Do you know if they will grow in any region?
    The weirdest thing I ever grew was a trumpet squash.
    I live in Northern Utah.

  47. Sandy Kress says:

    I live in the thumb area of Michigan and was wondering where you would get the seeds and can they grow in Michigan? Thanks

    • Park seed or baker creek heirloom seed might have luffa seeds, I have seen them have them in the past. Growing in northern areas, you will have to start them indoors 8 or more weeks before the season, but I have had other people up north say they have grown them. I would sure give it a try! 🙂

  48. gwen says:

    I put my seeds directly into the ground without any problems. I also read elsewhere to let them dry on the vine. I just checked mine and discovered a few that were ready and they came out beautiful! I tapped and squeezed them to release all the seeds, broke open the bottom end to dump the seeds out and then easily flaked off the dried outer shell. Just beautiful.

  49. Christine Sullivan says:

    Where could I purchase seeds to grow luffas in New England?

    • From what I have read, since luffas need such a long growing season, they cannot be grow too far north, BUT I have had other readers say they grow them up there, so I would try it if I were you! 🙂 Park seed sells them and I think Baker Creek Heirloom seeds does also. Check out their websites. And GOOD LUCK! I hope you get to grow some!

  50. Jamie Head says:

    I always thought Luffas came from the sea. I would love to grow these in my 2016 garden. I’m always looking for different with a purpose/use. Luffa would be perfect. The most unique thing I have grown to date was black oil sunflowers. They actually turn their heads and leaves to follow the sun, facing east in the morning and west at sunset. Creepy but fascinating all the same. We had a plot about 40 feet deep by 65 feet wide. It was like they danced with the sun all day and bowed their heads at night to sleep. ?

  51. Siri says:

    Wow. Never heard about or seen luffas before. They look fun. Seems strange to both eat it and wash with it, though. Sponges, however, do come from the ocean. 🙂

    • It is interesting that they are edible but I guess other foods are good younger too and become tough and inedible if left growing too long. Luffas are super interesting to grow. Thanks for reading!

  52. Kim says:

    Wow! Interesting post…I never knew they came from a plant. I thought they were from the ocean too. Thanks for teaching me something new. 🙂

  53. Alijia says:

    is there still an opportunity to get seeds from you? 🙂

  54. Niki says:

    I actually harvested my seeds from a farmers market vendor who grew his own and we bought some from them and I saved the seeds from ours since he didn’t use chemicals on them to clean them, so check out local farmers markets where there are local/organic farmers or soap maker vendors!! I am starting mine late so I’ll see if they do very well fingers crossed I’ll get some out of them!! Thanks for the post I can’t wait to plant these with my son tomorrow!

  55. Jennifer Dominick says:

    I love this idea.. I so want to try it with my kids do u know where I can get seeds??

    • Several seed companies have them, Park Seed online is one of them. There are also some others mentioned in the comments above. Check it out and thanks for reading!

  56. Evelyn Tay says:

    They are also edible, pick them when they are green, cut into chunks and stir fried with some garlic & salt (or soya sauce). They are really sweet and the young seeds are edible too. Great source of fibre.

  57. Michael Dahl says:

    I very much want to try this. I’m not sure if they’ll work in Minnesota. But this post makes me want to try. (I also once believed luffas came from the ocean; a gardening friend set me straight about a year ago.)

  58. Carrie C says:

    Luffas are gourds; there is a gourd society in every state but there is the American Gourd Society and you can Google to find out where to buy Luffa seeds. There are gourd farms and they sell seeds. Have fun!

  59. Jen says:

    Dang it! I wanted those seeds, but I didn’t make it in time. I never realized luffa was a plant, never really thought about where it came from at all to be honest. I definitely want to try growing some. What a cool gift for Christmas a homegrown luffa and some homemade bubble bath would make! The most unusual thing growing over here is a Japanese Quince. Shortly after we moved into our house two years ago this big bush in our yard bloomed with tons of gorgeous fuschia colored flowers. Once the fall rolled around the flowers were gone but there was a strange fruit all over the bush. I didn’t know what it was until I saw someone on Hometalk post a picture of the same bush asking the question. I’ve heard it makes great jelly, so maybe this year we’ll take a stab at that in the Fall. Thank you for sharing this post – it’s the most interesting thing I’ve read this week!

  60. Mary Gardner says:

    I would love to get some luffa seeds.

  61. Jemm says:

    I pinned this page so I could remember I wanted to grow these. I just wanted to share with everyone looking for where to purchase that I found some on Amazon that seem like they’re a high quality and are US grown (many sellers were international,) and then I ended up finding luffa seeds at Target of all places last week!

  62. regina gibson says:

    I might not be in the first 10 comments but I still want some free luffas ☺

  63. Kirsten says:

    How far north can luffas be grown?

    • I have read several places zone 5 and warmer, but another reader said they grew them cooler by starting them inside even longer. I would try it and see what happens. Can’t hurt, right? 🙂 Thanks for asking!

  64. Aspen says:

    I’m so happy I came across this post! While rummaging through our seeds, I found some Luffa seeds and planted them! I had no idea what they could be used for, but now I know! Thanks for posting, and I look forward to experimenting with the endless possibilities for this lovely plant!

    Blessings –

    ~ Aspen

  65. KarenLynn says:

    Hi Christina! Loved the post we enjoy growing luffa’s too! I chose your post to feature this week for the From The Farm Blog Hop!

  66. Anne Marie says:

    I had heard you can grow these! This is so awesome. Loofah works so well for cleaning pots and pans (and people too). Yours look great! I wish I had some sun. I’m sharing on Twitter.

  67. Edith says:

    Mi mama plantaba en Mexico, y por mucho tiempo estuve buscando como se llamaban en inglés y por fin lo encontré vivo en Wisconsin espero y pueda crecerlos….

  68. danielle says:

    Do you know any source.for seeds. Where did you get yours initially?

  69. Michele says:

    Wonderful post, I thought they were water born as well.

  70. Harmony lee says:

    This is awesome had no idea!!! any links on where to buy the seeds???or feel like selling me some ? lol

    • I would love you sell you some but they have all been mailed out. I have seen them on park seed and heard that someone else bought them from baker creek heirloom seeds. Thanks so much for reading!

  71. Angi says:

    Oh my goodness! How awesome! I would LOVE to grow these and avoid having to buy dish scrubbers from the store! Where did you get your seeds? Can I buy some from you? :))

    • Angi says:

      Oh, and the oddest thing I have ever grow were those enormous snake gourds!

    • oooh, enormous snake gourds sound fun. what did you do with them? I would love to give you some seeds, but they are all mailed out. But i did see them on park seed and someone mentioned getting some from baker creek heirloom seeds. I hope you get to grow some. Thanks for reading!

  72. Kim says:

    The strangest growing adventure is starting pomegranates from seed. Will post as they start to grow.

  73. KC the Kitchen Chopper says:

    What a captivating read. I was so interested to see how the “luffas” became the scrubber I’m so familiar with. Thanks so much for this! 🙂

  74. How cool is that!?! I never knew. Thanks for the great info. 😀

  75. I am so excited to try and grow these. I am always looking for new things to try so thank you so much for teaching me they come from a plant. I thought they came from the sea as well!

  76. That is so cool! Pinning for future reference because I want to try that this year.

  77. Marion says:

    I would love some seeds if you still have them. I just started on pinterest and an heirloom seed fb page so I can learn how to indoor and container garden. I just started a sweet potato. I have a few Orchids, of course not edible, but lovely!

    • Sorry Marion, all the seeds are given away, but I wish you luck in growing! Orchids, cool! Did you know that sweet potato vines are edible? YOu can cook them like greens. I thought that was super cool. Thanks so much for reading!

  78. Rachelle says:

    I would love to find out how/where to order some of these seeds. I rent & live where I’m pretty sure I don’t get enough sun to grow them. But my Mom lives in a sunny desert like climate & I just know she’d love this. Thank you for sharing the information, great fun!

    • Thank you so much for reading, and I’m sorry all the seeds are gone, but I have seen them on Park Seeds for purchase if you would like to check there. How fun for your mom! Thanks again for stopping by and happy growing!

  79. Rita says:

    Does anyone know where I can get some seeds here in SW Michigan?
    Have the perfect place to grow some of these and would need to start them NOW.
    Great article – thanks for posting.

  80. Jessica says:

    Oh shoot! I missed getting into the top 8, but had to comment anyway…what a great post!! I, too, thought luffas came from the ocean (where did that come from, I wonder?) I’m super excited to try this, and it’s given me some great new ideas for homemade items to sell at our local farmers market. Thanks for the info!

    • I don’t know why in the world we thought that? I wish I could send you some seeds anyway, but i’m out. I did see them on the Park Seed website. Good luck on your growing. And thank you so much for reading.

  81. Mandi says:

    So cool! Thank you for sharing!

  82. Tammy Nichols says:

    I just started making soap in November and I can’t wait to try this and add to the soap, thank you I didn’t know they were a plant, yeahhhhhhh

    • Yep, I was amazed too. Good luck in growing. And I saw the seeds available on park seed if you are looking for a place to purchase them. I wish I could send some to everyone. Thank you so much for reading.

  83. Brittany says:

    I can’t believe their are so many uses for them! I would love to get some started! We grew dragon beans last year. They were crazy and the kids loved eating purple “green” beans! Do you know where I can get some seeds?

    • I saw luffa seeds in park seed. Luffas are crazy useful. I was amazed to learn all about them too. We bought some seeds for dragon beans this year, i’m excited to start them in a few months. thank you so much for reading.

  84. Katrina White says:

    Maybe not super unusual, but I enjoyed growing valerian one year and then making a tincture from the roots. Great for relaxation and sleep!

    • wow, I’ve never even heard of valerian. That’s super cool. Sorry, all the seeds are given away, I wish I could send some to everyone. Thanks so much for checking out my post and happy growing!

  85. Joy Donahue says:

    I love this!! I never knew you could grow luffa sponges. This is very cool and I want to grow some this Spring. Would love to know where to get the seeds. Thanks for sharing.

  86. Jessica says:

    I just started apartment container gardening last year, so I don’t have a lot of strange plant experience, but I got okra to come up very successfully in a pot.

  87. Jennifer Twilley says:

    I wish I had a strange thing to grow! This looks so interesting!

  88. Amanda Allen says:

    the most unusual thing we have grown thus far is lovage, but I am excited to expand our garden experience, my little bits just love growing things!
    Our growth experiment this year is going to be water chestnuts- so excited!

    • we planted lovage last year, we had some trouble, but finally got it going. what did you think of the flavor? What have you used it for? water chestnuts, neat. We are going to grow peanuts. Be watching your email for a message from me to get your address and send your seeds. Thanks so much for reading!

  89. Rene Dumas says:

    WHAAAT??? I thought they came from the ocean too!! I feel so silly for not knowing they grew as a plant. Thanks for the informative post with photos. I don’t think I would have believed it if it weren’t for the pics…

  90. Angela says:

    What an amazing idea! I can’t wait to share this with my 4-H kids!!! Where can you get seeds to start?

  91. Lori dyer says:

    very cool! I’m amazed at how these are made!

  92. Jamie Allen says:

    We have ‘walking onions’, and they are really prolific. I really don’t need to grow regular green onions with those in the garden!

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