REN Bath Loofah Gourd

REN Bath Loofah Gourd

Cucurbitaceae

$4.79 + GST

Loofahs are members of the gourd family, originally from China. These handsome trailing vines can be grown on a fence or trellis or allowed to ramble at garden edges. Growing loofahs look like wrinkly big cucumbers. At seasons end, when dry and mature, the rinds are simply peeled, revealing their sponge-like fibrous interior. Loofahs make marvelous skin scrubbers for stimulating circulation and improving skin tone in the bath or shower. Home grown Loofahs make wonderful holiday gifts!

Plant in April-June Light conditions Full Sun
Sow seeds Depth: 1 inch

Space: 12 inches apart

Days to germinate 7-10
Days to Harvest Approx. 110 Seed count Approx. 25

 

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Latin Name: Renee's Compact Vining Gourd
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GROWING NOTES

Loofahs need full sun, very rich, fertile soil and warm temperatures. For earliest and best yields, hand-pollinate gourds: pick a blooming male flower and dust pollen onto fresh female flowers (the ones with small fruits at the base). Repeat as new flowers appear. Pollinated fruits start growing larger within several days.

 

HARVEST AND USE

Harvest when loofahs are fully matured with brown and dry outer rinds, are very light for their size, and seeds rattle inside. Peel off the dark outer rind, exposing the fibrous honeycomb sponge-like interior. Cut open end to shake out seeds. Finish by soaking loofahs for an hour in a weak bleach solution (10:1) to whiten and brighten color. Rinse thoroughly and air dry. Use in everyday skincare as a natural sponge, skin, buffer and exfoliator.

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Dimensions 3.25 × 0.1 × 4.5 in

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