Cucamelon Mexican Gherkin Seeds
They produce an abundance of fruit resembling tiny watermelons, which taste a bit like cucumber but with a citrus tang. They need little care, are drought-tolerant and if the roots are lifted before first frosts they can be stored and replanted for earlier fruiting the following season.
Planting & Harvesting
Sow & Grow
Sow: Indoors April to May, lightly in seed trays, cover with a fine layer of compost. Keep moist and maintain a minimum temperature of 20oC (68oF). Prick out to further trays or pots when seedlings are large enough to handle. When the seedlings have developed 3-4 leaves, transplant to growing bags, large tubs or a sheltered area of the gardens. Support with canes and train the plants as they develop, removing the growing tip when plant is about 2m (6ft) tall and trim side shoots when about 30cm (12in).
Harvest: July to October. Pick regularly to encourage a continuous crop. Lift roots in autumn and store in a cool, frost free area. Plant out in May when risk of frost is over.