You Can Grow Luffa Sponges?


Carrie MillerDo you enjoy a good all natural exfoliating luffa? Sick of synthetic bath scrubbers? What if I told you it's possible to grow your own?

That's right ladies and gentlemen, unlike regular sponges, luffas don't grow in the ocean, sea, or any body of water. In fact, they grow like a squash! All you need is a strong trellis, cattle panel, or chain link fence for the vines to grow on that will handle its heavy fruit.

The luffa sponge a.k.a. Luffa Cylindrica is a rapidly growing ivy like plant, that produces a tender fruit. If harvested young, the fruit can be eaten like a squash.

If you wait for the fruit to mature then an amazing luffa you will have. It takes roughly 130 days for the fruit to ripen fully. Once the fruit becomes brown, hard, and lightweight the skin is ready to be peeled off, leaving a quality luffa sponge behind. Primarily used for bathing other uses include: cleaning pots, pans, and even scrubbing a car's wheels.

Did you know luffas can be machine washed to keep them clean for years? If they begin to color simply soak them in a mild bleach bath for a few minutes. Want cool colored luffas? Natural dies can be used to obtain most color variations.

luffa plant
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