Luffa gourd growing

I had to share this post. I love luffa, and given that I can’t hop into the ocean to find myself fresh sponges, THIS would be an AWESOME alternative! Anybody know where I can find these seeds?
Thanks to http://www.littlellewellynhomestead.wordpress.com for the fun post!

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I know, I have been posting way too many pictures of the luffas that I have been growing this year! But, despite being told they wouldn’t grow here, I have had a great crop! (For reference I live in a zone 6)

Quick background on this kinda cash crop: in World War 2, luffas were used for surgical operations, filters for the Navy’s steam and Diesel engines and for the Army’s helmet linings. They have also been used for pot holders, doormats, sandles and even mattress stuffing!

So, I ordered some seeds online in the winter and started them inside in April. But early Spring I had some nice seedlings that were waiting for the ground to warm up!

image Luffa seedlings!

I waited until the very end of May and planted them along the fence line. They vine very far! I think they would love a big trellis, but the…

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Okoto Enigma says:

    Hey. I’m having a share your link post on my blog. You’re welcome to share your link if you’d like 😊
    https://okotoenigma.wordpress.com

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    1. mliae says:

      Thank you for the invite 🙂

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      1. Okoto Enigma says:

        You’re welcome 😊

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  2. Simply-Me says:

    Woah Looking forward to see how the plants turn out, especially because I make soap and would love to try one with Luffa.

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    1. mliae says:

      Oh, that would be fun! You could put them in sets! 😀

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