Grow your own Luffa guide

Grow Your Own Luffa

Thursday 23rd June 2022

Luffa (also spelled loofah) is perhaps one of nature’s best exfoliators, whether it’s for your dishes or your skin. But did you know you can grow your own luffa?

At the Yeo Valley Organic Garden, we love to experiment with the different types of plants we grow. We’ve grown luffa plants in the glass house in our organic garden for the last couple of years. So we spoke to our very own Head Gardener Sarah Mead to get her top tips for growing luffas in your own home…

Did you know these natural scrubbers come from a vegetable? Many people think they come from the ocean but luffas in fact belong to the gourd family along with cucumbers, squashes and melons.

In the glass house this year, we’re planning on creating a luffa, tomato, cucumber, and bottle gourd tunnel by training them over a frame that goes over-head. We’re aiming for a forest garden feel!

Grow your own Luffa
Luffas growing at the Yeo Valley organic garden

Luffa seeds are fairly large and black in colour and like to grow in a warm environment, so a glass/greenhouse set up is perfect to get them going. However, a windowsill in full sun will do as long as you can give it plenty of space and support using canes or string.

When the luffas grow, they look a bit like a yellow cucumber. You’ll need to leave them on the plant until they’re brown. This is when you pick them off the plant and let them dry out in a cool dry place.

Once they’ve dried out you can then peel the skin off. You’ll see lots of seeds inside. Bang on the ends to get the seeds out (you can plant these seeds next year!)

Then there you have it! You can slice the long luffa into smaller sections, perfect to use in your kitchen as a natural scorer or cut them longer to use in your shower to wash your skin. Luffas have so many helpful uses!

They’ll be ready in time for Christmas, so they’re great as a homegrown, sustainable, useful gift!

Grow your own luffa

You can buy luffa seeds at most nurseries and garden centres, or you can order them online.

Interested in learning more about the Yeo Valley Organic garden? Read our previous blog posts, or why not come visit us in the valley? Book your tickets here!

Comments on “Grow Your Own Luffa”

  • Just realised I’ve been eating my loofahs as thought they were just ripe cucumbers. Serve me right for growing them in the same grow bag! Will leave the rest & see what happens.

    Anonymous on 29th September 2022 at 4:54 pm

  • A definite seed to try, looking forward to trying the seeds in my greenhouse in early Spring. Thanks for excellent information. Thoroughly love everything you’re doing for our precious planet.

    Anonymous on 9th September 2022 at 10:58 am

  • Going to try and grow my own, great article.

    Anonymous on 12th August 2022 at 8:43 am

  • This is incredible! I’ve sent this on to so many people and we all thought they came from the sea!
    I will be growing my own next year 🙂

    Katie on 31st July 2022 at 9:57 am

  • Wow what an interesting article – I might even have a go at this

    Linda Williams on 10th July 2022 at 8:00 am

  • For years I’ve missed my favourite ‘seaweed and loofah’ soap, as it went out of sale. Therefore, with this combination with seafood, I never imagined it was a plant you can grow yourself. But where do you get the seeds to start?

    Henny on 9th July 2022 at 1:37 pm

  • I managed to grow 2 loofahs last year but seeds wouldn’t germinate this year. They are fascinating when you strip the skin and get to the insides.

    Rosamunde Yvette Gibbs on 9th July 2022 at 6:58 am

  • I do garden, home and at school, but I have learnt something today. A very interesting post on the loofah, as t know them.
    Thank you

    Anonymous on 7th July 2022 at 12:01 pm

  • For best results, sow early Spring. Too late to sow seed for this season, but could try buying plug plants, plant immediately & hope for the best.

    Anonymous on 6th July 2022 at 2:10 pm

  • This is a good article I have learnt something new today. Thank you

    Jill Reed on 6th July 2022 at 10:51 am

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