With this care, yellow flowers will bloom, and these will eventually ripen into long green fruits. Leave the fruits on the vine and allow them to dry out before removing them from the plant with secateurs. The dried fruits will be ready for harvest from September onwards.
When the plant has been removed, the tough skin can be removed. With the outer skin gone, the fibrous inside which is the loofah is left. Shake out the seeds and keep them safe in a paper envelope, label them and save them for next growing season.
Before using your new sponge wash it with warm water and let it dry out before using it properly in the bathroom or the kitchen.
This homegrown sponge can be used whole or cut into rounds that can be used for exfoliating or washing up.