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That's easy then, there are two ways of doing it. One is to have a long skinny mould (I used a french bread pan with the ends closed off with duct tape) pour in some soap, lay in the luffa and cover with more soap. It may take a bit of poking as it cools to get the soap to stay sunken. When it hardens, remove from the mold and slice with a sharp serrated knife. If you have lines from the knife, just hit it with a hairdryer to melt them smooth. he other way si to use slices of the luffa and put them in muffin tins or other moulds that fit and fill with melted soap. Pop it out and Taa-Daa!
I don't remember spraying mine, I put them in the freezer to shrink and they popped out, but spray would probably make it easier. It may recomend it on the package, better check. I heavily grease all my cold process moulds. Melt and pour does'nt have to be that hot when you pour it so candy moulds would work. I use them for my soild lotion bars to make tiny ones like chocolates and stuff.
I don't think so. I have added goatsmilk powder, It had a bit of a grain to it, but disolved instantly when you used it. If you added fresh goatmilk, it would dilute the soap and you'd have a runny mess.
Unfortunately, I buy it in 50 pound bags for feeding orphaned fawns. You can find buttermilk powder at grocery stores and it has similar properties. Or youou might try some of the soap supply places on line. The other option is to order a goatmilk soap base or noodles already done. CHeck out Soapcrafters site, they have wonderful products.
when I have made my luffa soaps in the past, I pre sliced my sponges then used small bowls or containers that fit the sponge. Poured the M&P soap and used a chops stick to poke the sponge down into the soap until it remained there on its own. :)
bigred & BLOSSOMBUDDY
Here is what we have set up to grow our Luffas. Its a cattle panel tied to the fence & 2 T-posts makes a nice arch way . don't you think it will look great with luffa hanging down.
Oh I have done the cattle panel thing... done it with birdhousgourds, peas and a few others. My problem here is wet feet. I flood. Growing sweetcorn is not an option. Growing potatoes.. yes, if I can get them in early.
see the blue barrels in the picture Im planting in them not in the ground No wet feet ,no moles, etc. It only takes a little space. The panel is 4' wide and you can arch it as hi as you want we are 8' from the fence so we are arch is between 7 to 8'ground to top So a 4x8' space is all you need ...
Im also growing birdhousgourds.
I've cleaned loofas once many years ago. If I remember correctly,I soaked them in a bucket of bleach water (you don't have to use bleach if you want them natural)for a couple days(how many I don't recall),skin will start sluffing off when it does,take them out and finish removing the skin/peel ,put them some where w/good air flow to dry out. When they're dry you can shake and or prod the seeds out.
I think you can totally let them air dry for the loofas and the hide will crackle off too. The washe the sponges after shaking the seeds out.
We did birdhousegourds a few years back and they molded. But the cool thing on them was that they cleaned up and had a haiku look to them. Whe just chucked them on a hayrack and left them go for months. Then washed them. I still have some and they ar great yet for projects.
From what I have been told/read you can let them dry on the vine. Then peel and do the bleach soak after you shake out the seeds (if you are keeping the seeds you dont want to bleach them) Or you can peel , squeeze out seeds , then dry & Bleech. Guess there is no right way .
The birdhouse gourds (im growing them this year also ) do mold on the outside but just scrubs off.
I hope its all as easy as I have read & been told :)
Now to get them to grow ...
Question if your not growing your own Luffa where do you buy it ?
Id like to try some out before next fall...
I grow luffa every year for soap making and other craft projects and for gift baskets. The best way to peel a luffa is fresh off the vine. It is ready to "pick" when you give it the squeeze test and it gives and no longer is hard and the stem has turned brown and dried out. Don't be in a hurry to pick them you want to be able to sqeeze them some. If the luffa is popping and crunching when you squeeze it then it is ready to peel. That is the connecting skin and strings giving from the luffa. Pull off the bottom end with a slight twist. You should now be able to tear/cut the skin with your finger while running it up under the edge to the top. If this is to difficult then it is not ready. If you have made it this far then you should be able to run your finger under the skin and shuck it right off in one big piece. Now lay the sponge somewhere where it can dry for a day or two. You may wish to turn it over once. Then go back and shake the seeds out. Now you can wash it in the washer( I fill the tub up with luffas) with a small amount of bleach. You will have to wipe the washer out afterwards. Or use a bucket instead. I then put them in the dryer for about 20 mins. They are still a bit damp when I take them out.
For soap making I use a piece of PVC tupe with a cap. Put my luffa into the PVC pour my M&P soap let it harden, then push it out and slice it off. I have also used different sized molds, putting my piece of luffa in the mold and pouring the soap in. Usually have to hold the luffa down until the soap hardens some.
Thanks so much for all the great info ...My vines are growing and I have flowers but no babies yet ...
I was planning on useing either a PVC pipe or a chips can for my soap making
Do you have any pictures of your luffa soap you would post.
Of all the pictures I have taken not one includes my soaps...lol. I was making them mainly for family and friends and decided to try selling some at a festival held every year at my old home town. Don't you know I sold everyone of them! My neighbor raved about how great they were and said I should, and since I was going to be there anyway I thought I would try. Wished I had taken more of them now. I sold the luffhas and seeds too.
How many of you use them in other ways, like at the kitchen sink to scrub the dishes or teflon pots and pans. Perfect for that as well as they won't scratch the teflon.
Bigred, you could try sowing your seed now. Just stay on top of their water needs. Mine have that wilted look during the heat of the day in late july and august and then spring back as it starts cooling off. I make sure they get a good drink every other day or so soaking the ground and the vines.
My vines are growing like crazy right now and flowering, have seen one or two female flowers but mostly male flowers. I started the vines to cover a old ugly fence and then when I ended up with so many luffhas I needed a way to use them. Thats how I got started with using them in soaps. I love vines and luffhas definitally cover that topic. As well as any fence or support or anything else their little tentrils can crasp ahold of.
I have seeds, lots and lots of seeds for anyone who is interested.
Heres a picture of the luffha on the vine last year.
boy oh boy do I have the seeds!!! How many do you want? I started with 10 little ole seeds I purchased on ebay and now have a gallon freezer bag full. Just send me a bubble envie with a return label and postage and I will return it with your seeds. I will send you my addy via d-mail. Anybody else just send me a d-mail and I will do the same :0)
I want to grow a bunch of these to give to the food pantry at our church. Then the people can have a scrubby too!!
Id like to try to do the soap making. Been wanting a recipe for glycerin soaps! Silkie smooth as that is! Have no clue on how to!
Ok, well look forward to your seed soon!
Peg, hope you can grow them too this year. I am further north and think it may be a lost cause, but heck.. could try a small few of Reginas when they arrive! Will let you know how it pans out!
Right now my watermelons and cantalopes are only about an inch tall, so.. hmmm loofa.. might be late, but it has been a late spring so harvest late too! Gonna be a toss up, and dont know if you dont try!
I cut most of them in 1 inch slices and started my price at $3.00 per bar. It depended on how much soap, color, and scent went into it as well as if I sliced them larger.
For the beginners at growing luffha's. The pictures that Cheryl posted show a female flower with a tiny luffha behind it. The second picture is the male flower, they will always be a cluster on a spike. Females are always a single flower,followed by the luffha. And ants love them,they will be part of your pollinators and beneficial to the plant.
I go out to one of the local horse stables and bag up manure every now and then for ALL my plants. Some of the best fertilizer around. So infuse away! Your loofha will thank-you for it. I also put some in a bucket and add water then use the water on my plants. My neighbors are always asking me what is my secret. How come my plants are so lush and green all year and theirs are small and doing just so-so. Another excellent manure is rabbit. Either one is low in odor(if any) and fast to decompose and does wonders for your plants.
Try sprinkling baby powder at the entrance where the ants are coming in. They wont cross it. Or feeding them cornmeal, they can't digest it.
Thanks your info on the flowers is very helpful . This is my first go at luffa and need all the help I can get .
I use goat poop ... Great for plants ...
Ok off to read about soap
so much to learn so little time
I will keep my eyes open for your envie and get it right back out to you. Be careful with the chicken poo...it's "hot" can burn your garden right up.
Did ya'll find some recipes for making soap and candles? Bookmark that site or sign up for the e-mails they have some wonderful ideas and crafts all year long there. I made the beeswax/cocoa butter massage bars once. They are too die for, any everyone loved them.
Great videos too for those that like the visual aids for seeing how something is done first. And the site has other great areas to check out too for crafts and gardening ideas.
Thanks Regina! I wil llet you know back too when they arrive!
Hmmm I got a crazy idea with them luffas.. Right now I just put up about 40 cherry tomatoes to hanging baskets. I have three plants in a basket so that when they finally do get to hanging out there will be one plant on each side of the hanger. Mind you these are not mini tomatos, but the full size cherry. I have not done this before so time will tell how this is gonna pan out. I might in the end end up taking the baskets out to the garden.. but for now.. they are hanging up on the hoops of the hoophouse we have.
Wonder if I could try the luffas that way!...just might do it for grins on a basket of two!
The maters are in baskets full of horsemanure.. they are as green as green can be and almost 6 inches today. My big beef maters are in chicken dung in the garden.. but its "diffused"!
Luffa vines are too heavy for baskets, they need a good support to grow on. They grab onto everything with their tentrils, I am contantly rerouting them to stay on the fence and not over the gate and onto the house or over to the neighbors. Of course I get what is that crazy vine growing there with those big green things hanging on it. Once they know they are Really...thats where those sponges come from? LOL.
They have the Topsy Turvy bags so I would think the cherry tomatoes would be ok in a basket. Did you plant them in the top to hang over or coming thru the sides? I'm thinking if you put them coming thru the sides that might help to anchor them??? Plant basil in the top as a companion plant...and make those maters taste extra yummy. And you can make oils and vinegars with the basil to use or give as gifts to.
I was always to chicken to use the poo in my gardens...lol...get it chicken... poo...
I always cleaned out the coop and let it sit and leach out for awhile or tilled it into a section I wasent planting in for awhile. Chickens are nasty birds, eggs are great tho...lol.
I got 13 chickens now and they are all hens. Not nasty, cant say we have had a really nasty one. Had 200 at once one time and only recall a few being nasty to each other. Had lots of chickapoo!
We have also donkey poo!! LOL! My hubby referes to the equine poo as PREMIUM PASO POOPY! Since of course the major equine population are Pasos here. Wish we had bovinepoo. Would trade one of those fillies of mine for some decent cows!
Well, the maters are looking fine. Cant say I got room for any basil in them with three plants to each and them planted in the center so as to grab each others roots to hang on in the basket!. I figures I can prune them if they get to heavy..
OK, now I have to come up with a different plan on the loofas.. I have a spot, maybe I will just put them in a #500 nurseery can and put the pots by the trellis (or in this case the hoops of thehoophouse)...it is gonna look a sight, but if they do anything good, that wil be fine! WIll let you know how things go. They will climb a cattle panel first and grow from that. I was kinda hoping they could hang. Maybe I wil try one any way... One cant hurt.
I got hanging baskets every where. Some have petunias, some have baby sun roses, or pansies, or spiderplants, or creeping Jenny, or vincas, or alyssumns and then those with maters in each. Some have a combo of annuals. A regular portable garden They are on my porches and on the hoophouse and fences and gads, must be 100 of them now. For some reason I "hung" it up this year! LOL! Get it, hung it up! LOL! I got a hang up, its gardening... oh just shot me...! LOL! Its getting deep here.
Oh gads... hehehe!
Here are my new starters of baby sun roses, I just love these!
50 thousand comedians out of work ...lol
I think the loofa would do well on the hoops
Mine are all over the cattle panel.
I just know if you have enough time to grow them. where is (zone 5a)
I was told it takes a long growing season it took about 30 days from planting to sprout...
I have seen a few ants on the vines ..
& a few bees .. So maybe ill get more babies soon ...
Ooooooh poooo...you gonna make me admit to the state of insanity o which I live... no fair. I will give you a hint though it starts with I. I generally stands for insane...but it aint Iowa or Idehoe! LOL!
Send letter to current King.. 50 thousand still unemployed. Time for a fix. Yo KING, get off DUFF.
Ok, 30 days.. whoo-E... what is projected harvest then? November if planted upon arrival?
Ohhh the poo is getting deep with the hang ups! LOL
I have a serious hang up too...with Hoya's...having them hanging everywhere out in the florida room...have over 30 different ones now.
When I lived in Indiana...oh hey that starts with a I...I had a neighbor that had cows,and chickens...I had rabbits and chickens. Her chickens where nasty. Raccons were always getting them or oppossums. So I built my coop from a old hog house,fenced it in completely.
I had two roosters and quite a few hens. I raised them from peeps. Once they were older I would let them free range, and lock them back up at night. Never lost a one to coons or oppossums.
I would go over and muck out her barn for the cow poo. I made a 3 tier strawberry garden one spring using the cow poo. Had a few strawberries that year, but the following year, they took off and I had the biggest sweetest berries around. Everyone would eat them and then ask what your secret. I would grin and say...Cow Sh*t...lol. The looks on some of the faces...priceless.
My loofa are blooming like crazy, havent looked for any little loofas. Did show my neighbor what the difference was between the flowers last week, so I seen one then. I still have a big bag of loofa's left over from last year. This years vine is from a loofa I left to rot on the ground. Shook a few seeds out on the ground and they sprouted right away. The ones that sprouted in the loofa I sent over to my neighbor so that she could grow some too.
bloosom, just make sure the ones in the basket have something to grap onto and support them. When they are green they are heavy and need the support. Heres a link about growing luffas and how long they take to reach maturity. http://www.luffa.info/
What kind of planting mix do you have that hoya potted in? Do you know what kind of hoya it is? Ever see it bloom? Do you let it dry out between waterings? They like to be rootbound and alot of them need to dry out abit between drinks. They need a chunky potting mix so that the roots can breath.Miracle grow or super thrive no chicken poo...
I checked the luffa vine this evening and seen one about a inch long, lots of blooms. Ants were busy checking out the vines too.
Um, the hoya has been in the same pot for years, it has bloomed, but I lost the lable. Ithink the flower was alight pinkish white, never been fertilized and is out side getting water when it rains. does Enwhree make sense to you?? I think that was what the lable said. or something like it.
Or something like that...lol. Could it be naumanii ??? Just a guess...the two big leaves kinda look like publicaylx. You could post a picture on the hoya forum or just send me the plant...hahaha. Try looking thru the pictures at this site, might reconize the flower or name. You can also send a picture to them and let him ID it for you. http://www.hoyaplants.com/hoyaplants.htm I have bought several hoyas from them at the botanical garden shows and he is known as the Hoya Dr. He ID a hoya for me that my mom gave me a start of that she had for years as a publicalx, said when it blooms send him a pic and he would be able to tell me what species it was.
It looks like a nice hoya. If you can spare a cutting sometime or wish to trade it, please keep me in mind.
Also your envelope arrived today. I was able to get the seed in, new label,restamped,taped and back out to the other side of the road when the mailman made his pass on that side. So your seeds are on their way.
Hey I used to live in Illinois too...long,long time ago...
I dispise this state... been here all my life and been in 42 other states and I am drooling to leave it.. but anyway, grass might be greener on the other side, could be better off staying.. Dont know. Just hate the system here.. every time ya turn around the politics gets dirtyier and worse. Highest taxes in the union too.. and not seeing any improvement just things going down hill more and more. Well anyway, nuff of that.
Thanky muchly for the send on loofa and if ya send me a D-mail on the hoya to remind me to list ya for a cutting.. maybe down the road when the derned thing gets cuttable I can send ya one.. its a pretty slow growing plant so it will not be anytime soon. Last time it bloomed was about 3-4 years ago.
I had to drag the garden hose around this evening to water everything. Has been a few days since we had any rain. This is our rainy season, but we don't always get the rain like we used to. This year I am only growing half of the luffa vines that I had last year. I noticed this evening quite a few female flowers and a couple of small luffas. Hopefully the small ones will hold on and not rot off. I do better ignoring the vine and letting it do it's on thing and not looking for the luffa's...lol. Just water it when it needs it and don't look at it. Crazy vine.
I never soaked my seeds before planting,but then I live in a extended growing area too. They are a tropical here so, I had no worries. Since Blossom lives in a northern state, soaking speeds up the germination. Also your seeds may have been older??? And they do germinate at different rates.
I might also suggest to those that live in northern areas that you start them indoors next year and once all fear of frost has past then move them outside. They don't like their roots disturbed so plant them in something they can continue to grow in.
This years vines are from a luffa I left to rot on the ground, some of the seeds got shook free and sprouted right away. The rest sprouted in the luffa and went across the street to the neighbor to be planted along her fence.
That reminds me, I think I best get my soaking seeds to some soil in a pot before they drowned! I only am trying to start a few. Next year I wil do them all. And yes, because of the late start and late season this year.
Well, I got several pens for the birds... two of them are grown up with weeds and flwoers, the other three are dry lots now. I want them dry for the summer where those pens are. The one pen is full of margarite daisys. The other is pretty trompled now from 3 days of tunning the birds there. I figure by the time the loofa is ready to transplant they will be done kicking the dirt there. Just need to slip a cattle pannel thropugh their perch and then kick the birds out after I plant it.
Once the plants send out the first normal leaf or two, the luffa are big enough to transplant. The roots by this time may be 6 inches (15 cm) long or longer. Luffa are somewhat sensitive to transplant shock so be careful when planting. Leaving the plants outside a couple days before planting helps them to adapt.
When I had my chickens I would turn them out to clear the weeds and bugs for me before planting a area. I will never forget the day I seen one catch a snake. That snake wrapped its self around that chicken every way it could fighting for its life. That chicken just hung on and kept shaking it and pecking away. Finally swallowing it like a spagetti noodle. I was like wow...don't have to worry about snakes anymore...lol.
I don't know what kind of snake it was...this was in Indiana, and we had alot of these harmless snakes that would hatch out every year. But I swear that snake wrapped it self around the chickens leg at one point and she pried it off. Then was around her neck, I was in hysterics watching all this.I did'nt know who to cheer for...the snake or the chicken. She finally gobbled it down and joined the rest of the hens pecking and scratching on the side of the hill.
Tell DH that chickens will eat anything...
How deep did you bury them seeds? Come to think of it...I don't think I buried mine. I know I did'nt this time anyway. They came from the rotted one I left on the ground from last years crop.
Well, they are potted in a shallow sour cream container... I think I drownded them..
It has been soooo dang hot and humid...
Well good for that chicken. But I gauranteeif it was a rattler.. no way was she gonna walk away.
I had to rescue a frog from a pencil snake that got a grip on the frog! Stupid snake thought he could eat a semi! There was no way the snake could have ate that frog. It was tooooo big for its consumption, but the little python was sure gonna try. Poor frog, he just was hopping around with his shackle. I saw him and said enough is enough.. snake. Truly its eyeballs was bigger than its tummy.
Well, if those loofas dont peak the soil in a day or two I think I will forget it until next year. Drat I was soo hoping to do this.
Well, I will watch them.. I know they cracked in the soaking.. just a day after they got fried.. but maybe they did not croak... I usually give things a few good days after I think its dead to be sure!! LOL!
Putting the seeds in a moist environment before planting helps increase germination rates. There can be a lot of variability in the time needed for germination. It could be 3 days or over 3 weeks! Typically it is around a week to two weeks. The drier and harder the seeds are, the longer they usually take to germinate.
They can be pretty stubborn thats for sure...
Well, I know these seeds were viable because they did have a little sprout the day I planted them,.. I soaked them for 2 days.. forgot about them.. but maybe in the transplant.. lost them.
Well, thats ok, its getting too hot to do them so I will get them going in the greenhouse next spring.
OMG! I had a 5 foot snake in my barn today. It was up in the rafters going after some sparrows nests. I have no idea as to what kind it was.. but ewe ewe ewe ewe eweeee! It was stealing eggs for sure. YOu can see it had a belly full as it tried to slither its way through the small ports of the beams... YECK! It can have the sparrows, but after that, its gotta go.. Go play nextdoor you slithering slimmy thing you. Guess the think cant read the NO SNAKES ALLOWED sign at the door. Sheesh, some animals.. they just do as they please dont they! LOL!
hehehhe!! Ok, how long until "fruit"??...I know this particular baby is a late plant so I am not expecting any muchthing, but am hoping!
Hopefully I will not disturb it when I transplant it.. ummm, how long do you think I should wait to do that? I am thinking when it has at least 4 leaves to carefully plop her into the ground. There are a few more seeds in this pot, but they have not shown yet.
I am hoping that when I transplant the thing will have a hefty root system by then to move it from the pan in good shape.
Its going into some soil that has been grazed by chickens, but not too rich in chicken poo.
Do you have the little guy outside in his pot or still inside? Id move him out and let him get a little bigger before replanting.
id also cut him out and not try to tip him out . Just My thinking
Awesome... You know what I am a thinking, maybe to take a razor and cut the bottom of the pan and just put the pan and all into the dirt.. cut like a big hole in the bottom so the rootsies can escape and go deep.. but if the thing pops out of the pan intact, so be it so much the better.
I have to kick the chickens out of the pen so I can plant it ther so it can climb.. it will be at least a week before I can get it into the ground I figure. Gotta get a cattle panel from the back forty...
Well, tune in later for the LOOOOFA REPORT!! heheheh!
I still only have 1 loofa (10" long) there have been other but they all die before they really get started. I think im going to try and start a few more seeds. I can grow things in the garden till late Nov. early Dec. so they should still have time.
You need at least four months of warm weather for luffa to mature. If you don't have four months of warm weather ,wait, then sow them indoors in peat pots next spring. After the last frost plant them out in the peat pots. They resist transplanting and this way you move them outside without disturbing the roots.
out watering yesterday and what do I see but a tiny little leaf top ..looks like one of the seeds I planted at least a month ago has desided to poke it little head out ... :)
I also planted 7 more seeds for a late crop. Thinking I might get a few Luffa this year
Ok, todays the big day, the baby loofa is now in the garden. I put a wire cage around it so the bunnies would not gobble it up. Now hoping for the best. I know its late, but maybe we will get lucky and get something by the end of the season other than wasted water in watering it!
One thing I have learned from all the years of growing luffa...is to stop looking for them...otherwise they rot and fall off the vine. So this year I havent spent the time looking for them, I just keep redirecting the vine to where I want it to grow and hoping for the best.
LOL...you can watch the vines grow all you want...just don't look for the luffha's. Never fails when I find the new little babies they rot on me...soooooo I don't look for them anymore. Just tend to the vine. Here I have to watch out for white fly.
Mine have been growing since they made there way out of a rotted luffha left over from last years crop. I had one go bad on me, so I just tossed it at the base of the fence. When they sprouted I thinned them out and let the rest grow.
You should be able to shake the seeds out of the luffha once it has dried completely. It does make it easier if you beat it...uummm I mean tap it on a shelf or something to help knock them loss. You will have to do that several times to get all of them out. I sit on the couch,one end of luffha in a big plastic bag...tapping it against the coffee table to dislodge all the seeds. If you hold it up to the light you will be able to see any remaining seeds.
Once I have a basket of peeled and seeded luffha's then they go in the washer with a half cup of bleach. But mind you the washer will have to be wiped out after. They shed a small amount and you will get the undeveloped seeds left in the tub. I do this because I use my luffha in soaps I make for family and friends. You can also use a bucket or tub if you wish.
Cool! Hmmm, I am a thinking.. Maybe I can take that cage off.. or should I not chance it to the bunnies snce its the ONLYEST loof I got this season and I am babying it. I promise not to look for any fruits later? How big do the leaves get? I dont want to restrict the thing as it is late growing to start and it might need all the encouragement it can get!! LOL!
And thanks for the advise on the washer. I cant wait.
Well, I am off to the GPS4 to plant some ornamental kale...anyone else doing it?
The leaves can measure about 10-11 inch long to 11-12 inches wide thats where mine are at right now.Had to go out and pull some of the vines out of my other plants yesterday. Turn your back on it for a second and it goes wild.
Ok the leaves on mine are only about as big as my hand. So until this critter gets up out of its cage and starts grabbing other things.. I guess the leaves will be small. But do you think the cage will hinder it? I got baby bunnies every where here!
Cage won't hurt your vine one bit, nor stop it from growing. So if it's protecting it from the bunnies leave it I say.
My luffha are growing on a wooden fence. I don't give them any other help, they grab onto whatever they want and grow up it on their own.
How many plants? More than 5 and less than 10 I guess. Does'nt take many to make a full looking vine like what I have. That and the rain all most everyday and tropical weather here helps.
I need to ask...Did somesome from here send me a envelope for luffha seeds? I got a envelope in a business enverlope but no note to let me know what it was for...I do alot of seed/plant swapping. So without that note I don't know what the envelope was for. Its from the Ellery, IL. area. Please send me an e-mail and I will get those seeds right out to you.
Thanks Kat and good eye ...yes thats lemon grass peeking out from under the Luffha. There is also a green pepper plant and some purple potatoe vines there at the bottom.
I've always had pretty good luck with luffha's just about everywhere I've grown it. Just have to make sure it's in the ground after the last frost of the season and don't disturb the roots while transplanting. Best to sow directly into the ground or a big pot that it can stay in. Water as needed, and it will let you know if it's not getting enough when it starts wilting.
Well, here it is.. its up and out of its cage, we finally got a cattle panel for it to climbe on, then what did I do to it today but derned near killed the poo lil thing.. I dropped the cattle panel in installation and it landed on the cage knocking the poor plant for a loop./ Well I got the panel up, put the poor plant upright and watered it. Low and behold its surviving...!!
well heres my update:
for some reason my vines are drying up they get watered everyday ,, The seeds from when I replanted never poked there little heads out of the soil ... I do have a few luffas on the vines . so Ill have seeds for next year.
Im hoping now we dont get an early frost. Its been dipping to the mid 40's at night and thats a wee bit early for that kind of weather but they are talking back ti the 80's in a few days so fingers crossed...
This time last year I was already harvesting luffha's. This year my vines are just setting luffha's. I have a couple of big ones hiding amoung the vines. I'm seeing alot of small ones just getting started when I'm pretending to not to be looking at it.
Heck if I know...lol. I still have some left over from last year. I have used some for putting in soaps. I do use them in the bath and at the kitchen sink for scrubbing dishes too. I've given some of them away too. And I have enough seeds to stuff a large zip lock freezer bag full.
Sounds like you could start yer own sponge farm! LOL!
I was wanting to grow them to share with our local food panty for those in need. I thought it would be a cool thing to put with their groceries! Ya might not be able to eat it, but they shure are nice for taking a bath or pot scrubbing etc! A wee bit of a luxury!
Ok, sposed to get to the 40's up here.. hope my loofa can survive! Otherwise I might have to beg some seeds off of you!
This morning it was so nippy I could see my breath.. as bad as that is! Harrr harrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
Ahhhhhhhhhhh????? Maybe...if it's a mild Fall! I don't know where you are Blossom, but it sounds like you planted from seed just a litte too late. Next year I think I would start them inside if you can...Maybe in March or April.
LOL! Well few days after the nasty wind and the vine is hanging in there.. more bloomers and it does havelittle gourdettos but they are only as slender as a pencil and about as long...So how long before they get big?
I have luffa in all stages .. Some drying , some about bright green about 18" long, some tiny pencil size & still flowers. I Thought Luffa like the heat but now that it has cooled off they are going crazy ... Luffa soap here we come ...:)
heres a piciture I took a few mins ago. You can see I Still am getting flowers .Nice luffas growing & some drying on the vine .. Hope the weather holds a bit longer. guess thats what 3 weeks of rain will do ..
I make the melt and pour soaps with my luffha's. Mainly because it's clear enough even with color that you can see the luffha inside the soap. I find most everyone likes being able to "see" what they are getting. I also suggest offering luffha by the inch...a 4 to 6 in piece of luffha clean but no "additives" to us as they wish. When they ask me about its uses I tell them besides bathing with and exfoliation...the kitchen, great for teflon pot and pans, won't scratch them and other scrubbing jobs. Washing the car...won't scratch the paint job and great for getting the bugs off. Gardeners...great for scrubbing the dirt off hands and knees.
And when it needs to be cleaned and sanitized...just put it inside a glass turned upside down in the dishwasher and presto...cleaned sanitized luffha.
Ok, what if you dont have a dishwasher.. I got a loofa that is well, kinda developed a black yuk in it. I tried tossing it in the clothes washer... well that was great, the loofa turned out to be indestructable unlike the socks and other things that dang thing likes to eat, but its still got the yuk in it...Hmmmmm now what!?
Loofha are tough, makes me wonder why anyone would want to eat it...like to much fiber for me : ) try a mild bleach bath, soak it for a bit in a container that you can fill up and cover with a lid, cause loofha float. Or weigh it down with something.
I don't allow my loofha to dry on the vine, makes them difficult to peel and they are very dark in appearence and often have rotten spots. Instead I pick mine when they start turning yellow and the little vine attached to the big vine has died . The skin comes off in one big piece and the sponge is nice and white. I let it dry, shake out the seeds, then throw a bunch of them in the washer with a splash of bleach. From the washer I let them dry again and then I use them in soaps and gift baskets.
Lady thanks for the harvesting tip ...I picked 2 that wewe just turning and they peeled easy but were still really wet inside what a mess (YUCK!!!!) ill let the rest dry first before trying to get out the seeds ..
What are you getting for luffa by the inch??? or for your soap?
Blossom, mine are still going strong ... flowers still blooming
The vine to them has to be dried out and the luffha turning yellow...when peeled they will be "green" so to speak and feeling damp. Some people will sqeeze the seeds out. I just set them on a shelf for a day or two in the greenhouse and let them dry. This allows the seeds to dry, and you can then shake the seeds out for next years crop. Much easier than chipping and flaking the pieces off when allowed to fully dry. And you get a much nicer sponge.
Prices depend on the size...$3-$5. With the soaps depends on the kind of soaps I make with it, some are sliced from a mold, some are individual molds, some have ground up luffha,color,scents,size,time all factor into it as well. Prices start at $3 - $6
My vine is still flowering as well. Most likely will take it down mid Dec. if not sooner.
You mean fiberglass ponies dontcha? Gitting anymore its hard to find a steel pony!
My ponies are a luanmoor, fertilizr, atv unit. They got R-condishuning, real leather, ultra smooooth ride. Nun of that thar bouncy denture crackin and butt busting stuff them others got. cept for 3 of them. I need to trade them in for a better ride. Either way, they produce the best muniar in the west. Heck I 'd trade a few of them for some of them that short horned beef if another guy had a notion to!
denimangle...you click on my name and there ya go...it takes you to the D-mail! Just like if I was ta click on yours...!
Well it was Crawford.. LOL! Never been there, but heard it was a nice place.
Whaaat a Texan without and oil well??? Unheard of! Just dont seem right! Well, I would hate to buy one anyway.. but I sure do like Texas. I liked Amarillo the best when I was there in the 70's! Dallas freaked me out with them mirrored buildings and a 10 lane parking lot at noon.. Jeez, just what were they thinking when they designed that? Im sure things have changed a bit since though! Bet that 10 lane is a double decker by now eh?
Well anyway, .. ye-gaaads, $1.25 an inch? ...with that price, who needs an earl well! LOL!
Yano, maybe, ya just gotta invest in beans.. get the gas for free, but the way things are going yano the revnewrs will put a tax on that too, sheesh yano, aint nuthing sacred anymore.
Your Cracking me up LOL
I know where to read D-Mail .. I ment I didn't have any new mail...
We are a couple 100 miles from GW's ranch and about 100 from their place im Dallas.
Amarillo is a days drive from where I am Here in the Piney Woods
I stay as Far away from Dallas as I can :) It is a Mess to drive in.
Luffa Farm ... Subsidizing Sure just ad to the Trillins hes spending now ...
Oh maaan! After all these ye-ars they aint straighten that mess up in Dallas yet? Wull, ev'r since someone shot JR, the place has gone down hill in a handbasket. Hate ta see the potholes in that 10 lane parking lot
now.. bet ya could bury an 18 hauling doubles in one. All them mirrors in Dallas, ya just cant tell which way yer headed or which way the sun comes up. Yup, what a mess that is thar.
I reckon I shuda bought San Antone when they first put the moat about it. The real estate was a lot cheaper then. Er, was that that place in New Mexico... I always get them two mixed up. No matter...
Well anyway, I decided today to double up my space on the loofa production.. put up a nifty fence they can crawler on and just need to get through the ice and monsoon season here and w'll be good to go.
Ima thinking though, and this aheyar wull be our lil secret... yano, we could make a killing on them thar loofas if we interbreed them thar with these heyar anaconda gourd.. $1.25 an inch and whooooohooo! Sooooo whadda ya think??? Them puppies ought to pay off the farm in no time!
I think snow would have been ok We didn't see any of the white stuff.. it was the 27* air that got them. yeppers better planning for 2010 . I did get 6 18" long that I will make soap with.
Ready for spring :)
I use the M&P soap molds such as the ones for the massage bars. I cut a slice of loofah and put it in the mold and then pour the melted glycerin over the mold. It makes the soap pretty and since I have so many M&P molds I never run out of ideas. They also work wonderful in baskets. I put them in small bags and tie with a ribbon.
I have done the same thing with my luffha . Slice a piece lay it in the mold and pour the soap over it. I have also ground my luffha up and added it to the soap. So many variations depending on the mold.
I got a lot of seeds from just a dozen or so luffas from last year .. I planted a hand full and am having great luck so far . I have 2 that are already trying to vine that came up on their own ... Getting a nice slow rain today .. should make them really take off ..
LOL! What? ... the chickens or the pot stash? Everybody seems to lust after my pot stash around here for some reason... I dont get it! LOL! Its like no one has seen a pot heap before... what is it huh? LOL! Whats wrong with my stash o' pot?
Alright Henrietta, get a move on it.,. them loofas want room to pickle out. I want spongees. Move it move it MOOOOOVE IT!
(God, I have to stop with the TY PENNINGTON routine.. cant get that mans voice out of my ears for some reason. Must be an illness...it keeps ringing in my ear...!)