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Cucamelon / Mexican Sour Gherkin (Melothria scabra)
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Cucamelon / Mexican Sour Gherkin (Melothria scabra)

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The Mexican Sour Gherkin, also known as Cucamelon, is a climber with white blossoms which bears small, approximately grape-sized gherkins all summer long. Botanically speaking it's not a gherkin but a related cucurbit.

The fruits, which look like tiny watermelons, are crispy and have a pronounced sweet and sour gherkin flavour. The perfect snack. Children love those gherkins. Also suitable for pickling.
The plant can be hibernated frost-free and bears fruits again in the next year.

Melothria scabra seeds, content: Approx. 10 Cucamelon seeds
Details: Plant description & care
Plant family:
Cucurbitaceae
Country of origin:
Central AmericaSouth America
Plant height approx.:
150 – 200 cm
Flowering time:
JuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctober
Flower colour:
Yellow
Fruit shape:
Plum–shaped
:
Green
Root system :
Root Tuber
Lifecycle :
Perennial
Winter hardiness zone (whz):
11 (4 bis 10 °c)
sunlight:
full sun
Soil type:
FreshHumicNutritiousPorous
Use:
Ornamental plantVegetablesessbare pflanze
Sowing & cultivation
Indoor pre-culture (seedling stage):
FebruaryMarchApril
Sowing time outdoors:
MayJune
Sowing depth:
1 – 3 cm
Best germination temperature :
18 – 21 °C
Germination time in days:
21 – 28
Planting distance:
40 x 40 cm
Main harvest:
JulyAugustSeptemberOctober
Cucamelon is an annual plant in most parts of Europe. The tuber can, however, be dried and hibernated (approach similar to dahlias) and sprouts again in the next year.
It is unpretentious and can be grown well in pots on a balcony, terrace, or in the greenhouse. Seeds are started in indoor pre-culture in spring and planted after the last frosts. Melothria scabra is a climber that can reach up to 2 metres in height and needs a trellis or some kind of support.
Other names
Botanical name:
bryonia scabram. cordatamelothria scabrazehneria scabra
German names:
cucamelongurkenmelonehaarblumemelothriamexikanische minigurkemini–melonezaunrübe
English names:
mexican miniature watermelonmexican sour gherkinmouse melonpepquino
French names:
concombre a confire
Spanish names:
sandita
Details
Item number
1085
Brand
Magic Garden Seeds
Group:
Seeds
seed multiplication:
Conventional
Seed quantity:
10 Pcs.

Not for everyone's climate zone

3 of 5 stars
by Myra on 8/31/20

In 5 month we got these plants grow up to about 20 cm length each, no fruit. The plant definitely does not like mild climates with up to +20C during day. It would probably grow much better in a toasty glasshouse or in Mediterranean regions. We will not be planting it again.

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