I know that many of you did not know that you could grow your own luffas! Shocking isn’t it! They are really easy to plant and grow! You just need a place for them to vine. I am going to need a bigger place for them to vine next year because I have vines growing on vines this year.
You can order your Luffa seeds from Burpee if you are having a hard time finding them! I found mine at Home Depot with the other seed packets.
Here is what my Luffa plants look like today, keep in mind, everything else in my garden is dead. It has just been too hot. So, the luffas have been a little neglected.
Now, this is what the luffas look like when they are on the vine.
The vines are full of beautiful Yellow flowers that open in the morning and close during the heat of the day! They must have very sweet pollen because first thing in the morning my yard is buzzing with bees, ants, hummingbirds, butterflies, etc.
You can see that one is yellow. It is very lightweight and dried out (Thanks to the heat). This one is ready to be peeled. The other one needs to dry out for a couple days.
These are really easy to peel once they are dry. Just peel the outer layer off and give them a good whack. Why a whack? They are full of seeds that you need to shake out.
This is all the seeds from just one luffa! Enough to fill the garden next year! You just shake them out of the luffa once it is peeled. The kids had fun with that part!
This is what it looks like when it is all peeled and seeded. Just give it a rinse. You can soak them in a little bleach water, but we had an organic garden ( I would hate to ruin the organic with bleach).
I cut our luffas in 2 pieces, basically to make my kids stop fighting over it. It was large too! So, it is plenty big enough for two. I think I may try to make homemade hand soaps this year with luffa in them. If I do, I am sure there will be a post about it 🙂