Melon Cucamelon Mouse Melon HEIRLOOM Seeds

Melon Cucamelon Mouse Melon HEIRLOOM Seeds

Melothria scabra

Item #0285

90 days. Cute, grape-sized fruits look like tiny watermelons but have a cucumber flavor, often with a hint of tartness. Also called sandita or Mexican sour gherkin because the fruits turn more sour as they mature. Long vines up to 10-feet produce plenty of “watermelons” to harvest from summer to fall. Plants don’t seem to be affected by insects that typically cause problems with cucumbers and melons. A terrific container or hanging basket variety!

This packet sows 10 mounds.

Days to Emerge:
7 - 21 Days

Seed Depth:

Seed Spacing:
3 seeds per mound

Mound Spacing:

When 4” vines, thin to 1 per mound

When to sow outside: 1 to 2 weeks after average last frost and when temperatures are warm.

When to start inside: 4 to 6 weeks before average last frost.

Special germination instructions: Cucamelon germinates best when soil is warm, at least 60°F.

Harvesting: Pick fruits when about the size of a grape or under 1” long for best flavor. As fruits mature, sourness increases.

Artist: Carolyn Crawford


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