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Luffa (Loofah): How to Grow and When to Plant in Your Backyard or Patio Garden!

Luffa blog post
This unusual squash vine is so much fun to grow in the garden! What’s great is that you can eat these just like any squash or you can let them dry and turn them into sponges to use in your kitchen or bathroom! It’s so much fun to grow and it makes really great, unique gifts!

How to Grow:

You can get a head start on planting your seeds indoors if you would like 6 weeks before your last spring frost. You can plant them outdoors 2 weeks after your last spring frost. They can be continually planted throughout the summer as long as you give them enough time to mature before your first fall frost! You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App. Plant your luffa seeds 1 inch deep by a trellis. Plant 1 every 1-2 square foot in the full sun.  Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Your luffa seeds will sprout in approximately 7-14 days. Water weekly.

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these. Herbs are especially great companion plants because they help to repel pests from your other plants!
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