Luffa - Seed Packet

Part Number:
Latin Name:
Luffa cylindrica
Light Requirements:
Full Sun
Plant Height:
Start Indoors:
Mid March - mid April
Starting Method:
Start Indoors
Days to Maturity:
Not Available Not Available

Cucumber-like fruits that can be used for cooking or dried to produce a luffa sponge. Requires hot, long growing conditions. Start indoors in early April, then transplant out in the garden after risk of frost has passed. Growing 2m tall, Luffas will need a supportive trellis to grow up on. Great for use as a sponge in the kitchen or a body scrub in the shower. The use of a heat mat will help with germination and plant production. Can be prone to transplant shock. Ensure plants have been hardened off properly before planting out. If risk of cold weather exists, protect with a cloche. Harvest fruits when they are 30cm long and have turned brown prior to frost in the fall.