I found THIS website last year and thought it was kinda interesting. After poking around for a while (and found that you can even use luffa for toilet paper!) I decided I wanted to try to grow some. My mom and I ordered some seeds and waiting until the spring to plant. I planted mine mid-March (since the harvest time was so long). I planted 8 seeds and attached lattice work to the back of the garage. I did not know what to expect as we patiently waited for the stuff to start growing. It was it sprouted WAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY later than everything else in the garden, so I was thinking it would not work.
This picture was taken May 15th.
This is how the current garden looks:
There are BIG HUGE YELLOW flowers that bees and wasps just LOVE! I HATE…HATE….HATE those things. All of them! There were some BIG HUGE black and yellow BUMBLE BEES today. AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! When I get brave enough I might take a picture of them because they look cool…but I’m still scared of them. Yes, I am a big weeny.
Because of the bees, I told Wade I think we need to take the whole thing down…even though this seems to be the ONE thing I can grow!!! I decided to pull a couple of the luffa and see what has come of them. I pulled an “original” one that has been on the vine for about a month now, as well as one that has just grown. I took them inside and cut the ends off and began peeling. This is what I ended up with:
Pretty COOL! Next I opened the one that just grew in the last week or so. It was TOTALLY different. I am afraid I am going to have to wait until they get a bit “older” before I pull them from the vine. The website where I found this said that they wait until the first frost before pulling them off the vine. That means another 5 months before I could get them. I can’t have bees until then!