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    Thread: Loofa sponge vine

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      Loofa sponge vine

      Have a huge loofa sponge vine; it having done better this year than one
      has ever done for me. I have at least a dozen huge loofa sponges; some
      almost 3' long. My question is when do I pull them off the vine to remove
      seeds and also to get the loofa sponge. And what do I do to prepare the loofa
      sponge, peel it. Of course, it will have been cut in half and the seeds removed.

      Marie Fisher

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      Is this April 1st? do loofahs really, grow on trees?

      Well I'll be edumiacated

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      Andrew. No silly, don't grow on trees. Grows on vines. You want picture to
      prove it?

      Marie

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      I grew loofah vines and was over whelmed with the number of sponges - I still have a few left and that was over 18 years ago. I was told to leave mine on the vine and the flesh would rot off leaving the stringy tough sponge skeleton. I just shook them to remove any remaining seeds and dunked them in a very dilute bleach solution. They last almost forever! Have fun!
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      Hah! loofahs grow on a vine? I wonder if a goat would eat them! What do they look like?

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      mine didn't do squat last year, guess the seeds weren't any good and I forgot this summer. I made soap with mine

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      here's my loofa soap. I need to pour soap and make some space

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      Everyone, thank you so much for your replies. Bloom have to be pollinated before they will
      produce the gourd like loofah. And I have plenty of bees out there. Cindy, would you mind please
      posting how you make the soap out of them. Would appreciate that very much.
      Andrew, imagine (guessing) goat would eat the vine, yes. And what they look like -- well,
      sorta like a gourd.You've grown gourds at one time or another I'm sure. Some of the gourds are
      about 3 1/2 ft. long now!! Amazing how that thing covered everything in sight on that fence.
      Anyone want seeds, I'll be able to share.

      Marie Fisher

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      oops just saw this

      I bought the soap molds and clear soap on line and melted it in the microwave. Add a couple drops of soap scent and color of choice and then stick the sliced luffa in the center. The soap will set up quickly. Have a spray bottle with alcohol ready and mist the top of the soap as it sets up. That takes the bubbles out. I stick mine in the frig after the luffa stays down and when it cools, pop it out and wrap it.

      I'll look tonight and see where my soap came from. I just made some little koi to put in the little koi ponds
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      Thank you Cindy, for posting how to do the soap.

      Marie

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      This is interesting Marie. Please save me some seeds.

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      me too, mine didn't do anything
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