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, in hardiness zone 10b possible to grow it as perennial with the right overwinter care.
Leaves color green in heart shape and lobed.
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
Cucamelon plant edible fruits
Fruits edible color of the fruits is dark green with dot in lighter green, shape oval that remind small watermelon, but the inside of the fruit is green to yellow-green.
Cucamelon plant for sale – Seeds or Plants to Buy
How to grow Cucamelon plant growing and care:
Rich soil, slightly acid soil, mulch and to add fertilizer
What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Tubers
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
Difficulties or problems when growing:
When the plant young very sensitive to slugs
Spring / Summer
Pests and diseases:
Aphids, slugs, powdery mildew
How to prune:
Size of the plant:
80-160cm, 32-64 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing
Average amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, Planting in containers need to be at least 10-20L (2.5-5 gallons), well-drained soil, the plant not react well to overwater, need to make enough holes in the container for good drainage also choosing soil for container important and need to be soil well ventilated, can be potting mix or peat soil with perlite, when use bottom for the pot need that it will dry in the same day, when it’s grow as perianal every two years better switch soil.
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
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?
Ripening of fruit
Need to collect it before it’s fully ripen
How to grow Cucamelon plant from seeds
Easy to sow no special treatment, sowing temperature better to sow in 21-25C (70-77F)
Saving seeds until sowing:
Room temperature, dry place
Spring (but in warm weather possible in the summer) and in cold climate start in the winter indoor
How to plant:
Better to plant it in light soil that will be well ventilated and keep the moist like vermiculite
Planting spacing – How far apart to plant:
Depend if trellising 20*30cm (8*12 inches), sowing to transplanting 5*5cm (2*2 inches)
Depth of Sowing:
1-2cm (0.5-1 inch) from the top
Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist soil, full sun
Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water, don’t let it dry
Condition of seedling:
Warm weather, big amount of water, full sun, place to trellising
Alternative names: Mouse melon, Mexican sour gherkin, Cucamelon, Mexican miniature watermelon, Mexican sour cucumber