Sponge Gourd (luffa or gilki) Seeds (गिलकी के बीज)

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The sponge gourd is also called luffa or gilki in India and is one of the popular gourds. The sponge gourd plant produces medium-sized soft, attractive, and cylindrical vegetable that contains high fiber and minerals. Sponge gourd is a vine plant that can grow up to 30 feet tall but it is very easy to in pots with little maintenance. Buy the Best Quality Sponge gourd F1 Hybrid (Chikni Tori Type) Seeds Online at the best price in India from www.organicbazar.net with a good germination rate.

About this item

  • Number of Sponge Gourd seeds (gilki ke bij): 10 Seeds
  • Sowing season: Throughout the year (The best time is February to March)
  • Where to grow: Balcony or terrace garden
  • Mode of sowing: Sow the seeds 0.5 inches deep in a Container, or Pots.
  • Germination Time: 7 to 14 days from sowing
  • Germination temperature: 18-30°C
  • Harvesting: 80 to 90 days from planting 
  • Plant vigor: Strong plant

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Sponge Gourd Growing Season In India

In the home garden, Sponge gourd (Luffa) can grow throughout the year (all season) but it grows very well in the summer season. The best month for sowing the sponge gourd seeds is February to March.

How To Grow Sponge Gourd

The sponge gourd (gilki) is a vine plant that needs more space to grow well but can easily grow in pots or grow bags easily (15-24 inches) wide and deep. Develop the strong trellis support by using materials like pipes, bamboo, ropes, wires, etc., to help them grow straight and long. Luffa or Sponge gourd seeds are usually hard to germinate so you can soak the seeds which will help you to germinate fast but can direct sowing seeds and keep the soil moist for quick germination. Sponge gourd seeds will germinate in temperatures between 18-30°C.

Sponge Gourd Seeds Sowing Method

Sow sponge gourd seeds directly in any pot/grow bag and fill them with a sowing medium. Sown 2 seeds at the center of a pot or grow bag about 0.5-1 inch deep in the soil. Give deep water to your seedling every day by using a watering can and keep maintaining moisture, the sponge gourd seeds germinated within 1-2 weeks (depends on growing condition). Keep the pot in a place where the gourd seedling receives at least 6 hours of sunlight.

How To Fertilize Sponge Gourd Plant

After 20-25 days from sponge gourd seeds sowing, add a side dressing like homemade compost or vermicompost which provide additional nutrients to the gourd plant.

Sponge Gourd Plant Care And Tips

Sunlight  Sponge gourd (Luffa) prefers full sunlight for better growth.

Water – Give water to your sponge gourd plants daily on summer days and 2 days once in the winter season; keep the soil moist but not soggy.

Soil  Use well-drained loamy soil 6.5 to 7.0 PH level for growing sponge gourd plants.

Temperature  Ideal temperature to grow sponge gourd is 20-32°C.

Common pests  Pests like crop bacteria, leaf spots, cucumber beetles, and downy mildew are normally found in sponge gourd plants. Use organic pesticide `Neem oil’ to protect the plant from harmful pests.

Sponge Gourd Flower And Pollination

Within 50-55 days from seeds sowing sponge gourd plant starts flowering, the male flower appears first and the female will begin with small fruit. Gourd Plant depends on pollinators to set the fruit but sometimes it may be a problem in pollination because bees or insects are less active during the monsoon season. In such a case, hand pollination can be worked.

Sponge Gourd Harvest Time

  • It will take about 80 to 90 days for harvesting; you can harvest the sponge gourd during the summer, rainy, or winter season.
  • Cut the sponge gourd at the early stage, before the skin becomes thick; if you find any ripe sponge gourd just pluck it directly from your hand or with the help of pruning scissor.
  • You can collect the seeds when plant will completely dry out.

Sponge Gourd Special Features

  • Common names – luffa and gilki (गिलकी)
  • Scientific name – Luffa aegyptiaca
  • Flower color – Yellow
  • Level of growing – Easy
  • Height – Up to 30 feet


Should we keep the sponge gourd plant indoor or outdoor?

For better growth, sponge gourd should be planted outdoors in full sun.

Where is the best place to plant sponge gourd?

Balcony and terrace are the best options to plant sponge gourd because it needs full light.

What is the best sowing medium for sponge gourd?

The best sowing medium for sponge gourd is 1 part garden soil, 1 part coco peat, and 1 part vermicompost (or any organic fertilizer).

Why is my sponge gourd getting wilting?

Overwatering is the main reason behind wilting; so avoid Overwatering and keep the soil moist.

Why are my sponge gourd seeds not germinating?

Improper soil, temperature, Overwatering, or underwatering can be the main reason for not germinating sponge gourd seeds.

Does sponge gourd need full sun?

The sponge gourd plant grows fast when it gets 6-8 hours of direct full sunlight.

How can I make my sponge gourd grow faster?

Sponge gourd can grow rapidly in nutrient-rich soil with good organic manure and with proper sunlight and water.

Why is my sponge gourd flower dropping?

Over watering, extremely high temperature, and excess nitrogen in fertilizer causes sponge gourd flower to drop.

Technical Details Additional Information
Product Dimension 12cm*9cm
Item Weight 80mg
Net Quantity 10N
Assembly Required No
SKU Sponge Gourd
Brand OrganicBazar
Country of Origin India
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  1. Helen
    good germination.
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