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Great addition to your CSA or market stand. Tiny green striped fruit with a delicious and unique flavour. These cucamelons are productive and have great disease resistance. Perfect for snacking, pickling or adding to salads. Cucamelons should be started indoors similar to a melon and transplanted outdoors after last frost.
Cucamelon Cucumber Seeds
[67 days] Mexican Sour Gherkin, mouse melon or “Sandita”, this vining mini-melon has a unique taste and amazing versatility in the kitchen. The vines look like regular cucumber plants, but the fruit is something special—grape-size fruits that seriously look like mini-watermelons and taste mostly like a cucumber, but with watermelon and citrus overtones. Super crunchy and slightly tart, these little guys are great in stir fries, pickled, added in salsas and chutneys, or simply eaten raw.
Great as a greenhouse fruit or started indoors early and then set outside like a normal cucumber. Much easier to grow than standard cucumbers, cucamelons have no pests, are drought resistant, and happily grow outside as well as in the greenhouse.
How can I speed up Cucamelon cucumber seed germination? You can help germinate Cucamelon cucumber seeds faster by folding them into a dry paper towel and soaking it in warm water. Place the paper towel and your seeds in a glass, cover with cellohane and stick the seesd on a sunny windowsill for about 4 days. Once your seeds have sprouted you can plant them out into deep modular trays ready for transplanting at a later date.
What are good companion vegetables for cucumbers? Sweetcorn makes an excellent companion vegetable for cucumbers because their stalks act as natural framework for vining Cucamelon cucumbers. This helps save as much space as possible in your garden.
Should I pick the flowers off of my Cucamelon cucumber plants? If you allow the male flowers on a cucumber to pollinate the female flowers then you can end of with a bitter tasting cucumber. Picking off the male flowers once a week will eliminate the bitter compound called cucurbitacin.
Cucamelon Seeds Details
- Average Germination Time
- 7 - 14 Days
- Sowing Method
- Start in Pots / Trays
- Days to Maturity
- 60 Days
- Grow in Greenhouse
- Packet Seed Count
- Recommended Soil pH
Sow and Harvest Times