We’ve wanted to grow our own sponges for years now ever since we learned about them from Chet at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum in Vista, California. A great place for old fashioned fun and our favorite, the Fall Tractor Show. They grow all sorts of plants and sell them to keep the tractor parades going and the steam engines blowing.
I always thought loofahs came from the sea. Once we realized that they simply grow on vines, we added this project to our list of garden FUN!
It’s getting warmer in SoCal. We planted the loofah seeds in early April but for many other zones you should start the seeds before the last frost and plant as early as possible. It took longer than 10 days for the seedlings to emerge. Loofahs also need a long growing season – 150-200 days. The taller the fence the better so we added height to our back fence.
“Raw” loofahs still in their crusty skin make really neat gifts – seeds and all. We add a tag that explains how to peel and clean them. Nice natural ribbon adds a organic touch to the package. No wrapping paper needed.