Loofah Sponge Seed
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Looffah -a vegetable sponge that you grow on a trellis or fence. Great for the bath.
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This annual vine takes a long season. Easy to grow with no insect problems .Best to support the vine on a strong trellis or fence. Edible when young . Harvest mature sponges in the fall. Soak to remove shell and dry and shake seed out. Can be washed to be cleaned in the washing machine and will last for years. Excellent to exfoliate your skin or use for washing dishes,your car or windows! Planting instructions : Plant in seed starting mix in 4 inch pots, 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost in your area . Space the plants 12 ft apart and provide a strong trellis.The soil should be ammended with plenty of finished compost as they are heavy feeders . Harvest when the fruit turns brown .Remove the skins by soaking them in water overnight, then peel the skins and hang on a clothesline to dry . Shake out the seeds and store in an airtight container when they are completely dry . To clean &sterilize the looffahs: you can wash them with soap and water ,add some lemon juice to the rinse water to whiten them and hang them in the sun to sterilize them or boil them in plain water .You can also just put them in the washer and dryer but they will pick up lint.
All of our seed offerings were grown here. I have been a seed savers for 40 years. Our seeds are packaged in original art packets, hand folded with 100% recycled paper. Instructions for growing are not on the packs but are on the listing under the seed template. Books on gardening as well as many catalogs carry general information on growing seeds. I am available by e-mail or phone to answer any growing questions as well. You won't find that service from many sources of seeds. The shipping on our orders also includes the processing and handling charges which is also less or equal to most seed companies. I hand pack each order and drive from the farm to the post office to ship your order.I only ship in the USA.