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Cucamelon, Mexican Sour Gherkin (Melothria scabra)

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Cucamelon, Mexican Sour Gherkin (Melothria scabra)
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3.08 € *
Base Price 0.31 €/ seed
apx. $3.29
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Item number
1085
Seed quantity:
10 Pcs.
Botanical name:
Bryonia scabra, M. cordata, Melothria scabra, Zehneria scabra
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Description

The Mexican cucamelon, also called sandita cucumber or Mexican sour gherkin is a climbing plant which bears tiny (ca 2-3 cm) green fruits throughout the summer. Botanically, it is not a cucumber but a related pumpkin species. Sandita fruits which
look like miniature watermelons are crisp and have a pronounced gherkin flavor.

approx. 10 cucamelon seeds

Sowing & cultivation instructions

Cucamelon is an annual plant in most parts of Europe. It is unpretentious and can be grown well in pots on 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 and needs a trellis or some kind of support.

Details: Plant description & care

Plant family:
Cucurbitaceae
Plant height approx.:
150–200 cm
Root system :
Root Tuber
Flower colour:
Yellow
Location:
Protection from wind, Sun
Water requirements:
High
Lifecycle :
Annual, Perennial
Winter hardy up to:
Not hardy

Sowing & cultivation

Indoor pre-culture (seedling stage):
April, February, March
Sowing depth:
1 – 2 cm
Best germination temperature :
18 – 21 °C
Germination time in days:
21 – 28
Planting distance approx.:
40 x 40 cm
Main harvest:
August, June, October, September

Companion planting

Other names

German names:
Cucamelon, Gurkenmelone, Haarblume, Melothria, Mini–Melone, Zaunrübe, mexikanische Minigurke
English names:
Mexican miniature watermelon, Mexican sour gherkin, Mouse melon, Pepquino
French names:
Concombre a confire
Spanish names:
Sandita

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