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
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
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.
RGS031 Common Luffa ( Loofah ) Sponge Gourd
The ever popular dishcloth, bath sponge gourd. Should be grown
Bulk Loofah Seeds
Common Luffa ( Loofah ) Sponge Gourd
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.
TRM491 Surekha Hybrid Ridge Gourd
Surekha produces very attractive, tender, thin-ridge gourds.
Fruit 14 inches long and weigh 4-5 oz. One can eat it raw like a cucumber.
Good yields, over long period.
The Ridge Gourd is an extremely popular vegetable in the African, Asian and the Arabic countries. It is also known by other names such as loofah, luffa, turai, turiya, tori etc. Originally believed to be originated in the Arabic desserts, this vegetable has spread throughout the world. It is a dark green, ridged vegetable having white pulp with white seeds embedded in spongy flesh.
All species of ridge gourd/loofah are edible, but they must be consumed before they mature, or else they will be too woody and fibrous to eat.
It has assumed the reputation of the most tasteless vegetable to eat among children. But despite of the fact that it doesn't taste very good, it has many health benefits such as:
A nutrition powerhouse: Ridge gourd is loaded with nutrients such as dietary fiber, vitamin C, riboflavin, zinc, thiamin, iron and magnesium. It is also low in fat and calories.
An ideal weight loss food: Being low in saturated fat and cholesterol and high in dietary fiber, it becomes the ideal choice for anyone who wishes to lose some weight quickly. It also has a very high water content, making it a very low calorie vegetable (only 60 calories in 100 gm of cooked ridge gourd).
Cure for jaundice: The juice prepared from ridge gourd is a natural remedy for jaundice. The juice can be prepared by pounding the bitter ridge gourd and squeezing it through a cloth. You can also eat powder made from bitter ridge gourd seeds and dry crusts when curing jaundice.
Blood purifier: Because of its blood purifying properties, it helps to purify, restore and nourish liver protecting it from alcohol intoxication. Lowers blood sugar level: It contains insulin-like peptides, alkaloids and charantin, which help to lower blood and urine sugar levels without altering blood insulin levels.
Good for stomach: Cellulose in ridge gourd helps to overcome constipation and also aids in curing piles.
Skin care: When ridge gourd/loofah is allowed to mature and dry on the vine, it can be harvested as a sponge. Everything (skin and seeds) is removed from them except for the main network. Loofah sponge has been used traditionally as an exfoliating product when bathing. They are very good for removing dead skin cells leaving the skin smooth and conditioned. They can also help stimulate the skin thus making it healthier and more vibrant. The blood purifying properties make sure that you stay away from pimples and acne. Loofah sponge can also help control body and foot odor.
Loofah sponge, being a natural fiber, will attract the growth of mold and microorganisms if not cared for properly. It is therefore important to keep loofah sponge clean by making sure you rinse out all soaps or salt residues and allow it to air dry after use.
Strengthens immune system: A glass of Ridge gourd juice mixed with other healthy vegetables in the morning can help to strengthen your immune system against any infection.
SF100 Smooth Boy Oriental Luffa
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. The size of the mature sponges are very uniform, and are preferred for makink luffa soaps. For the best straight fruits, grow the plants along trellis or supports.
IP171 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.
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.
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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SF116 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.
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
A note from one of our customers:
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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
( produced by nature ) Gibberellic Acid
( a natural plant growth
hormone ), B1 and other plant
vitamins, plant hormones
, ( made from natural sources )
(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.