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The Loofah Gourd is a member of the Cucurbitaceae ( Gourd ) family. The Loofah is spelled several different ways, i.e., Lofah, Luffa or Lufa. It's commonly known as the Washrag Gourd. It is the only plant known that can be raised and used as a sponge.
The sponges are very versatile in that they can be used for bathing, washing dishes or scrubbing. The Loofah is widely used for bathing to invigorate the skin as well as gift giving and crafts.
It is a very fast growing annual that produce vines up to twelve feet or more. I have seen them grow over 20 ft. high in trees and produce dozens of gourds per plant.
When fully matured, you can peel off the dried and crisp outer shell to expose the fibrous sponge. To clean your Loofah you wash it in clean water and then soak it in a solution of bleach and water and allow to dry in the sun. Loofah sponges will last a long time if washed and allowed to dry after each use.

Loofah Seeds


RGS031 Common Luffa ( Loofah ) Sponge Gourd
The ever popular dishcloth, bath sponge gourd. Should be grown on trellis.
  Package of 15 seeds $1.95

Bulk Loofah Seeds

Common Luffa ( Loofah ) Sponge Gourd
  LUF151 500 Common Luffa Sponge Seeds ( Luffa Cylindrica } $24.95
LUF152 Hybrid Harita Luffa Seeds
Produces heavy crops of cylindrical, 9-12" long, light green, smooth luffas, these are the most commonly grown commercial luffa for bath sponges.
  LUF152 500 Hybrid Harita Sponge Seeds $24.95
RGS104 Thai Angled Luffa
The popular vining okra of the Orient. Many swear that it is the best tasting of all fried vegetables. The young, ridged fruit can be used raw in salads, boiled, stuffed, pickled, and is delicious in soups. This squash-like edible is so good! Seeds are from Bangkok, Thailand.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
IM112 Smooth Boy ( Luffa Gourd )
This variety grows vigorously in warm climates and is very prolific. Young fruits are good for cooking and the long matured fruits are very popular for making the dish cloth sponges. For the best straight fruits, grow the plants along trellis or supports. 100 Days.
  Package of 10 seeds $3.50
IM114 Extra Long Smooth ( Luffa Gourd )
This unique variety produces extra long and slender fruits, 30-40 inches long x 2 inches diameter, with dark green skin and white fleash. Young fruits are very delicious and sweet, excellent for stir-fry and soup cooking. Matured/dried fruits can be harvested for making dish cloth and bathing sponges. Extra long luffa sponge is particulary useful and suitable for the back scratching/cleaning in bathing needs. Very vigorous and produtive.
  Package of 10 seeds $3.50
IM115 Vietnamese Muop Huong ( Luffa Gourd )
This is a Vietnamese edible luffa, called Muop Houng in Vietnam. Long fruits can grow up to more than 24 inches long, but are generally picked at about 15-20 inches before seeds formed inside. Upon shaving off the green skin, white flesh inside is very delicious and is very good for soup and stir-fry. This variety loves heat and performs very well in rainy and warm climates.
  Package of 10 seeds $3.50
3319 Oriental Hybrid Extra Long
This unique hybrid luffa produces extra long fruits, 30 inches lone and 2-3 inches wide in size and over a pound in weight. Plants are very vigorous and strongly resistant to heat,cold, rain and wind. This variety is very productive, yielding high quality fruits which are good for long distance shipping and marketing. One of the most popular varieties in the Orient.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
JF142 Summer Cross ( Luffa Gourd )
This is a new high quality variety released in Taiwan after more than seven years' extensive research/development program. Plants are vigorous and are insensitive to the day length in setting fruits, suitable for growing all year round in subtropical areas. Frutis are very uniform in size and shape, 8-10 inches long and 2.5 inches in diameter with green skin and white flesh. The flesh is very tender and delicious and remains in beautiful fresh color after cooked. This early variety starts setting flowers/fruits in 40 days after transplanting for summer and in 60 days for winter crops. It has been reported that this high yielding variety can produce 20-40% more fruits than other varieties and has become one of the most popular varieites in Asia for commercial production.
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W227 Muop Huong ( Luffa Gourd )
This is a Vietnamese edible luffa, called Muop Houng in Vietnam. Long fruits can grow up to more than 24 inches long, but are generally picked at about 15-20 inches before seeds formed inside. Upon shaving off the green skin, white flesh inside is very delicious and is very good for soup and stir-fry. This variety loves heat and performs very well in rainy and warm climates.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
TRM195 Southern Legacy Hybrid ( Luffa Gourd )
Southern Legacy is a new hybrid luffa recently released in Asia. This variety is heat resistance and grows vigorously in warm climates. The plant is very productive. First harvest can be obtained 60 days after sowing and continues to bear fruits more than 180 days in subtropical climates. Fruits in green skin color and white flesh are 4-8 inches in size. Beautiful fruits are very attractive. Black seed.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
NB19 Cee Gwa Chinese Okra ( Luffa Gourd )
Very popular oriental vegetable. Best tasting, no peeling necessary, use young. 6 in./15 cm or longer. Soak seeds for 24 hours before sowing indoors Mar. 15th. Immature flesh is very tender and sweet. Mature fruits can be used as sponges. One plant will produce a lot of fruits.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.50

A note from one of our customers:

"Good morning,
This is the best site I have found in a long time----I try to grow luffa about every year with not much luck--never knew what to fed them---gourd books don't say much about that--but here ----you have luffa gourd food --this is so wonderful---not accounting all the other good stuff you have---yes you bet I will be ordering from you come planting time--------thanks again for being out there!" sincerely Aloma

Jim's Plant Growth Stimulator for Gourds.
Jim has developed this product through years of testing on his farms. This natural, environmentally safe solution will produce amazing results, producing vigorous plants and larger fruits. We highly recommend you do you own trial test ( i.e. spray one plant with solution, next to a plant not sprayed with solution over the length of a growing season ) to fully appreciate how effective this product is.
This is a two part water soluble product that should be mixed 14.75cc of each part ( we provide measuring spoon with solution } to one gallon of water and sprayed onto the foliage of the gourd plants. It contains Food Grade H202, ( produced by nature ) Gibberellic Acid ( a natural plant growth hormone ), B1 and other plant vitamins, plant hormones, ( made from natural sources ) micronutrients including Boron (B), Copper (Cu), Iron (Fe), Manganese (Mn), Molybdenum (Mo), Sulfur (S) and Zinc (Zn) plus a natural detergent based "sticker" that makes the product stick to the leaves until absorbed by the plant.
This mix will make 16 gallons of solution.
  JPAG04 Plant Growth Stimulator for Gourds $14.95