Cucamelon plant growing herbaceous vine of the genus Melothria also known as Melothria scabra, Cucamelon plant perennial evergreen or cold climate annual plant, used for the edible fruits and also used as ornamental plant for the fruits, can grow in tropic mediterranean, desert, subtropical, temperate, climate and growing in hardiness zone 11+ as perennial and 5+ as annual.

Leaves color green in heart shape and lobed.

Cucamelon plant flower

Flower color yellow in flat shape with five petals, flowers can be male or female and can possible to see female flower with like small fruit before

Alternative names: Mouse melon, Mexican sour gherkin, Cucamelon, Mexican miniature watermelon, Mexican sour cucumber

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Requirements for Cucamelon plant growing and care:

Rich soil, slightly acid soil

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Planting season:
Spring / Summer

Pests and diseases:
Aphids, slugs, powdery mildew

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
Dead parts

Size of the plant:
80-160cm, 32-64 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full sun

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season?
Spring / Summer / Autumn

General information about the flower:
Small flat yellow, flowers can be male or female and can possible to see female flower with like small fruit before

Edible Fruit

Fruit harvest season:
Spring / Summer / Autumn

Fruits pests or diseases:
Birds, powdery mildew

What can be done with big quantities of Cucamelon plant fruit?
Eat raw, salads

Work requirements on the fruit:
Collect the fruits in the time

How long does it take to bear fruit?
5 months

Ripening of fruit
Need to collect it before it’s fully ripen

Scientific name:

Cucamelon plant

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