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|Short Description||Grow this gourd for your own sponges and scrubbers. Requires a long season so these should be started indoors. The luffa seeds should be scarified (lightly sanded) with an emery board or sand paper and soaked in room temperature water overnight or up to 24 hrs prior to planting for best results. In general, gourd plants are extremely vigorous, covering a lot of ground--some of our vines even took to the trees. Gourds require a long, warm growing season, ranging from 95 to 120 days to maturity. Luffa gourds should be harvested when the outer shell is dry, the gourd is light in weight, and the seeds rattle inside. After harvest you cut off the stem end of the gourd and shake out the seeds. The next step is to soak the luffa gourd in warm water to soften the outer skin so it can be easily removed. The last step is to soak the fibrous sponge in a bleach solution (one part bleach to 9 parts water) to give the luffa a creamy-white color. Rinse in clean water and allow to dry before using. 25 seeds.|