My loofah seeds are grown and harvested on our family farm in Northern Indiana. Each packet of seeds has a minimum of 10 seeds. (These loofah are what are in my Loofah Artisan Soap I sell).
Growing your own loofah is a great way to cut down on the synthetic products in your house. Plus, its really fun!!
Loofah vines can grow up to 25ft on a fence or trellis. They like lots of sunshine and heat and have a long growing season.
They will need started indoors in Feb/March and then transplanted after the last frost (I'm in zone 5 so check your local planting guide for when the best time to plant is for your area).
The easiest way to harvest is to just let the gourds grow on the vine until they have all turned brown and have dried out. Then just pick off (they look like a zucchini and will be green during the growing season). When u pick them just peel them like a banana. I cut one end off and hold it over a bucket as the seeds will just fall out into bucket. When you've peeled them all, place in sink with warm water and soap (you can also add a capful of bleach to lighten them or leave them natural in color). Cut into desired lengths.
***I have a video on FB and IG of the growth progression and harvest if you wanna watch it to get a better close up idea of how they grow. They are really a very simple plant to grow as long as they have something to grow on.