If you want to know how to grow loofah at home, there are several things you need to know first. These are the basics of growing a plant with roots under the water. The plant is like a sponge and it needs nutrients coming from the water to survive. Loofah sponges grow well in pots or containers because of its shallow nature and ability to absorb water easily.
You don’t have to go out to a sunny spot to start growing this type of plant. Plant your loofah indoors in a shaded area where it has plenty of light but not direct sun. Vines tend to reach up to 10 feet tall, but can sometimes grow even more in certain seasons, so plan accordingly. Also remember that growing loofah does not need to mean surface area for it to thrive.
Once you have decided where you want to grow it, there are two ways you can go about getting it started. You can buy seeds or pick them from your backyard. There are both advantages and disadvantages to each method, depending on what you prefer. There are also artificial ways of making these seedlings grow such as pots and planters.
Planting the seeds indoors requires freezing the seeds before planting. This is important, especially in the winter, when they will most likely not sprout. Keep them in a cold refrigerator between freezing and thawing and they should begin to sprout by February. Seedlings that are kept in a cold refrigerator will usually stay alive during other times of the year, but you do need to check on them frequently.
Most people prefer growing luffa plants outdoors, but there are those who like the benefits of having their own supply of the green plant. If you live in an area that has a warm climate, then you have a better chance of getting a good crop. The leaves on these luffa plants are quite large, roughly the size of a tennis ball. They can be used to pick up nectar from flowers and grow lush, thick green vines. There are other fruits that can be grown with these lovely little plants, including small pears and apples.
Luffa plants are usually propagated through both the cuttings and seeds that are taken from them. Cuttings are taken from the main stems and roots of the plant and then these are removed and frozen, either chemically or by placing them in the freezer overnight. Loofah seeds need to be sowed in pots and planted in a sunny and warm location. These saplings take a bit longer to sprout, but once they do, you will find that the loofah seeds will germinate quickly and provide you with a lush and colorful array of blooms.
When it comes to actually growing the luffa seeds, you do not need a great deal of care. Just put them in a sunny location where they get enough sunlight, and just watch them grow. The Luffa Equisetum plant likes a moist and warm environment, so if you live in a place with a warm and damp climate, you may want to consider buying some sponges and putting them in a tray under the plant. Over time the sapling will dry out and the seeds will pop out. Then all you have to do is replanted.
Luffa plants grow best between April and November, but they rarely reproduce. The best time to try and get a plant or two growing is in the fall between October and December. Since they are cold tolerant and drought resistant, they can survive quite well even in the hottest of weathers. You should be able to see them come alive and blossom by late winter.