Christmas HopePosted: November 13, 2013
Every gardener likes to give gifts from their garden. Homegrown Loofah Sponges would certainly make a great Christmas gift wrapped up with some homemade soaps. It is a great idea, but the loofahs don’t seem to be on the same track.
The vines started to bud about a couple of months ago after spending the whole summer growing. The vine can get up to 12 feet long. It also prefers very rich soil and many warm days, up to 200 of them.
The tight buds finally opened very slowly. The Loofah is related to the cucumber and the fruit can be eaten when it is young and tender. When the fruit begins to dry on the vine, it can be peeled, dried and bleached to make the rough defoliating sponges that are sold in stores.
Finally, a tiny Loofah fruit started growing. The hope of homegrown Christmas presents seems to be dashed. Without a freeze, the Loofahs may make it to Easter baskets!