Mouse Melon Cucamelon Melon Seeds


This packet sows up to 8 mounds.
4.5714285714286 out of 5 stars
(14 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
Cute, grape-sized fruits look like tiny watermelons with a cucumber flavor, often with a hint of tartness. Pickle and add to a martini for a fun visual twist! Also called sandita or Mexican sour gherkin because the fruits turn more sour as they mature. Long vines up to 10' produce plenty of "watermelons" to harvest from summer to fall. A terrific container or hanging basket variety!
$2.69 20 seeds

Botanical Name: Melothria scabra

Days to Maturity: 70 days

Family: Cucurbitaceae

Native: Mexico, Central America

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: 5'–10' long vines

Variety Information: 1" long, oval, smooth-skinned, green fruits with dark green markings. Interior is white.

Attributes: Good for Containers

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is 70°–90°F.

When to Start Inside: Recommended for short-season areas. 2 to 4 weeks before transplanting within 2 weeks after your average last frost date. Sow into biodegradable pots that can be directly planted in the ground; roots are sensitive to disturbance.

Days to Emerge: 4–13 days

Seed Depth: ¼"

Seed Spacing: 2–3 seeds per mound

Row Spacing: 4'

Thinning: Not required.

Harvesting: Pick fruits when about the size of a grape or under 1" long for best flavor. As fruits mature, sourness increases and they can get increasingly seedy. Cut the stem rather than pulling at the fruit. Dunk the harvest in cold water to disperse field heat.

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Mouse Melon Cucamelon Melon Seeds Reviews

14 reviews

Great plant

5 out of 5 stars Jul 20, 2018
These are fun and very prolific until frost- I plant them with tomato cages so they have support.
Mike Wessely from WI

Little snacks

5 out of 5 stars Dec 16, 2019
I actually grew these in a container on my porch. I trellised it up over top of one of my pillars. It was lovely to see the Mason bees come by and enjoy the flowers along with having a a tasty snack that you can pop in your mouth. There are also a lovely addition to any salad. Looking forward to growing these again
Samantha D Durham from MD

Awesome plant

5 out of 5 stars Jul 16, 2020
These vines have taken off like crazy. Easy to grow, if given some space to climb and spread out. Tall tomato cage works well. Tons of tasty little "melons". An awesome, crispy snack, right off the vine. Looking forward to pickling them.
Mike Connelly from CO


5 out of 5 stars Jul 23, 2020
these are very easy to grow. be sure to give the plants something to climb on because the plants sent out tendrils similar to those of snap peas. the cukes themselves are pretty darn cute and look like tiny watermelons.
Joyce Kroll from CO

Didn't germinate

1 out of 5 stars Aug 1, 2020
I tried several different times to germinate these seeds indoors and outdoors and not one seed ever sprouted.
Hilary Forsyth from CO
Owner Response: Hi Hillary, The trick to germinate mouse melons is to have really warm soil (70-90 degrees F) which is required to get them going. A customer service agent will be with you shortly to help. Our seeds are frequently tested by a third-party laboratory to ensure germination exceeds federal and our own standards. We rigorously test seeds because their quality is important to us, so important that we guarantee it!

Mouse Melon Seeds

5 out of 5 stars Nov 6, 2020
The seeds came up and the mouse melon plants did great! Healthy plants, great producers. Thank you!
Carrie from NC

Trying again...

3 out of 5 stars Jun 18, 2021
Weather has been really inconsistent which may be cause of failed summer veggie germination. Almost out of seeds but trying for a 4th time to get these going in the heat spell!
CL from CA

Super customer service

5 out of 5 stars Jan 8, 2022
First set of seeds didn't produce and they were so kind to replace than! Thanks so much!
Tammy from SC

Cute and tasty too

5 out of 5 stars Feb 11, 2022
I have planted these cucamelons for about 5 years. Easy to grow and abundant producer. They are a favorite garden munchie while I am out working. The vines sprawl all over, so I never know what plants I will find them twined around but they are covered with the little tiny fruits. Our daughter took some to a gathering for those who had never seen them before. Everyone was enthralled with them. They are for sure one of my favorites.
Karen from NY

Cute & Fun Snack

5 out of 5 stars Feb 26, 2022
Great cucumber-like flavor, but pops in your mouth like a grape! Such a unique experience and excellent conversation starter. The seeds were slow to germinate, but once the vines latch to a trellis and summer heat kicks, they take off! Vines are a little aggressive attempting to over take a neighbor tomato plant, but manageable.
Allison from MA


5 out of 5 stars Mar 17, 2022
I grow these for the cuteness value :). They're fun to show people, novelties to share & they taste good too. They're too small to be serious food (at least for me--they take too long to pick in serious quantity), but are tasty snacks in the garden.
Pussywillow from MI


5 out of 5 stars May 20, 2022
I bought the seeds because I found the name intriguing....and they looked cute and I wanted a new project. Direct sow into a huge container using a tomato cage to trellis the vines. The seeds germinated quickly and within in weeks I had vines climbing up the cage. I wasn't hugely fond of the flavor, however, I may have left the cucumbers on the vine too long. This year, to my amazement, they self sowed and I have vines again. I will pick them sooner and may try pickling them.
Rochelle from CA

Great fun!

5 out of 5 stars Jun 2, 2022
These little cucumbers are absolutely delicious and fun to serve. Great purchase and bought more packets to share with friends.
Patti from MS

Fun garden addition

5 out of 5 stars Jun 14, 2022
What a tasty and fun tiny cucumber. They are delightful to mix with cherry tomatoes and other similarly sized vegetables/fruits for a handy snack. They grow very quickly and produce an amazing amount of product! Bought several packets for little happies.
Patti from MS

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