Plant Care Luffa cylindrica

Luffa cylindrica

About Luffa cylindrica

Luffah sponge gourd (also spelled loofah) is commonly used as a bath sponge. Luffas can be grown in the South Eastern United States. They need at least 6 hours of full sun, well-drained soil, good air circulation and a good, sturdy trellis to thrive. They can be harvested in the fall when the gourds are tan and dry.


Luffa aegyptiaca

Also known as

Luffa cylindrica, sponge gourd, Egyptian cucumber and Vietnamese luffa

How to care for Luffa cylindrica


How often to water your Luffa cylindrica

Water needs for Luffa cylindrica
0.5 cups
every 9

Luffa cylindrica needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Luffa cylindrica in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Luffa cylindrica: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Luffa cylindrica love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Luffa cylindrica does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Luffa cylindrica

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Luffa cylindrica: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Luffa cylindrica after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Luffa cylindrica is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Luffa cylindrica

Luffa cylindrica

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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