Jenny’s Question:I was wondering if any of you grow your own luffas? This is the second year I have tried (I live in NY zone 5) & I only have 2 that look big enough to make it. I planted on the sunniest side of my house this year & the plants have almost reached the roof of our second story house. I am hoping (someday) to grow them to have my own sponges. Any tips, advice would be greatly appreciated! I have some pics on my blog.
In your zone, luffas need to be started inside several weeks before your last frost date. Germination can take up to 3 weeks. Once they are big enough to transplant, you might have shock issues, they are not real fond of transplanting. If you make it through that, be careful about weeds and pests, as luffas don’t tolerate these well. Make sure that the soil you transplant them in is warm, they don’t do cool. A good rule of thumb when it comes to soil type, is if you can grow cucumbers there, you can grow loofahs. And they take 130-150 days to mature. If all of the above is in order, you shouldn’t have any issues. If you don’t have pollinating insects, you will need to hand pollinate your flowers. Hopeful this helps in some way.
Kathie’s Answer: I don’t have a long enough growing season, but did find a few thinks I thought were good, though you may have them already: Groovy Green and University of Georgia’s Extension Service. Good luck!
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