Loofah Garden

I mentioned earlier in the year that I was wanting to start a loofah garden. 

A loofah is a natural sponge grown on a vine. They have the shape of a cucumber but are in the gourd family and grow really large. In order to grow these things, it requires a trellis for them to climb. In the Fall they will dry out and then you peel the skin to find a nice natural sponge inside. I'm pretty excited.

I ordered some seeds from a garden in the mountains of North Carolina. I had read where it takes a while for the seeds to sprout. I started them in February and they sprouted in just two weeks!

Afraid they would die before I could plant them, I started some more seeds in March. They have already started climbing the windows and are begging to be planted. I can hardly wait to get them outside.

I came home from work the other day and my sweet husband had built me a frame and trellis. He did a really good job. The next day he had me some fresh dirt. After our afternoon walk, I could not wait any longer so we put on our garden gloves, poured the dirt and planted the tiny plants. Now my loofahs are ready to grow. 

I contacted the nursery where I purchased the seeds and she said one plant will get big and will produce lots of loofahs. She said each plant will give me 10 to 12 loofahs, so only 3 or 4 plants is all I need. I hope this works. I have never had any luck growing things. I’m actually thinking about taking up two of them. I am just waiting to see if they thrive without being eaten by squirrels, bunnies and birds. 

I added some string to train them to grow up the trellis. They started grabbing hold within 15 minutes of planting them. 
Now we wait. I hope they do not get shocked from being transplanted outside.

Loofah plants will produce large yellow flowers before the loofah gourd begins. These flowers will attract lots of bumble bees, butterflies and humming birds. The plants will need them for pollination.
I will keep you updated on the progress. This is going to be fun.


  1. I had no idea that this is where loofahs come from. It looks as if you are off to a very good start by having them trained to climb the trellis. The trellis seems to be just perfect for this. I hope the critters don't mess with your plants. Keep us posted - this is so interesting!

  2. Your loofah garden is coming along nicely Lisa! I would be afraid to plant a loofah garden since I'm terrified of bees lol. I can't wait to see the finished product!

  3. I'm so happy for the bees and flutterbys.

  4. Brother Nick is such a nice guy, that is more detailed than I expected, he did good. Looking forward to progress reports, I think I have seen these things in my shower, but not sure. LOL
    From Mt. Bell'
    Sherry & jack

  5. Looks like the perfect set up for your plants to grow nice and healthy!!

  6. Oh wow what a fun project and hope you get some loofahs. I can’t wait to see what happens. It’s so nice that your husband made the trellis.

  7. I can't wait to see how they turn out! I'm excited for you! Hugs!

  8. It's so good that these flowers should attract lots of bumble bees, butterflies and humming birds.

    All the best Jan