Post last updated: November 20th, 2019

In 2012, I grew luffa sponge gourds for the first time. I didn’t really know what I was doing but that’s nothing new, is it? I followed the instructions of this website and my beekeeper friend, Karen, for harvesting the gourds. By the time I actually got around to the harvest, I had only one that was worth saving. The gourds had frozen on the vine a few times. Uncertain whether or not the seeds had survived the freeze, I threw a few in the gourd plot next to the hut. I reckon those seeds are just fine.

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2013 luffa gourds

You’ll notice that the vines are up on the roof. Last year, I had gourds on the roof.

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luffa gourds on roof, 2012
Luffa bloom
Luffa bloom

The only time I can photograph the two-and-one-half inch blooms are in cloudy, rainy weather because the sun comes up behind the hut, shadowing the vines and flowers in deep shade.  By the time the sun rises high enough to illuminate the flowers, they are closing up.

Luffa bloom closing from the outer edges inward
Luffa bloom closing

I didn’t expect these seeds to come up because of the gourd toughing it out in freezing weather. In fact, I had so little faith in their germination that I didn’t write down when I threw them out there. I remember it was late, perhaps mid-summer. Now I won’t worry about a little freezing weather and I’ll save seeds from this year’s crop of gourds:

notice the tip with some of the flower still attached
notice the tip with some of the flower still attached

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I’ve got a really bad cold that won’t go away so I don’t feel like photographing my sponge gourd, If you want to see what they look like, go here or watch this 3 minute YouTube video. She tickled me at the end because she had too many to hold.

10 thoughts on “LUFFA SPONGE GOURD”

  1. What amazing plants – I’d never heard of them. It’s like a riddle: what can be eaten, used to scrub the dishes, clean the shower, or exfoliate the skin? Surely only the loofah sponge gourd could be the answer?? Hope your cold goes away soon, Linda.

    1. Ah Catmint! So good to hear from you. You are absolutely right that the loofa sponge gourd is the answer but it can only be eaten when very small. Personally, I didn’t want to try it. I’m working on getting rid of that cold. It has lingered almost two weeks.

      1. I’m thinkin’ I could grow those here at a mile high? I did those “fun gourds” this year that are worth absolutely nothing food or practical wise but damn fun to grow (hence the name). I see you let them freeze (as if your freeze is anything like ours), but have you let them go brown by age? Got any seeds?

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