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Luffa cylindrica (Sponge Luffa)
http://www.durgan.org/ShortURL/?MGIAZ 8 April 2008 Repotting luffah seedlings.
The seeds were planted in a pot covered with a clear plastic bag 21 March 2008. All seeds germinated. These seeds were from my 2006 stock, since I didn't get any mature seeds in 2007.

http://www.durgan.org/ShortURL/?UOIEU 13 July 2008 Luffa cylindrica (Sponge Luffa)
Plants all healthy anad growing well.

http://www.durgan.org/ShortURL/?OASUD 5 August 2008 Luffa cylindrica (Sponge Luffa)
Luffa is growing very well this year.

http://www.durgan.org/ShortURL/?KOSSN 15 August 2008 Luffa cylindrica (Sponge Luffa) Producing fruit
It has rained almost every day over the last two weeks. Fortunately luffa thrives on this type of weather. The fruiting bodies are now forming.

Some luffah fruit that was dry was stored in the shed over winter. Others not ripe in the Fall were left on the luffah vine. Today sponges were made. The shed dried ones had fewer stains, but all were good quality. Usually I make them in the Fall, but neglected to do so in 2007.

http://www.durgan.org/ShortURL/?ZKUBJ 6 April 2008 Making Luffah Sponges. Pictures annotated.

(aka. Luffa, Luffah, Loofa, Loofah, Sze Qwa, Cee Gwa, Sponge Gourd, Dishcloth Gourd

Method to manufacture is simple, and takes little time.
Remove the shell, which is hard and comes off cleanly.
Cut the ends off and shake out the seeds. There are about 100 seeds in each fruit.
Wash in the washing machine with soap, a normal cycle works fine.
Bleach in a pan for a few minutes.
Wash again in the washing machine to remove all bleach with plain water.
Hang up to dry in the sun.

I have one from last year used to clean out the bathtub, and it is still in fine shape.
 

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Very very cool. Makes me wish i had bought some seeds for this year. Maybe i will order some for this coming spring.
 
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