How to grow Squirting cucumber

Squirting cucumber plant grow and care – herbaceous vine of the genus Ecballium also known as Ecballium elaterium or Exploding cucumber, Squirting cucumber annual plant and used as ornamental plant for the exploding fruits, can grow in mediterranean, desert, subtropics or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 4+.

Leaves color dark green hairy in wavy lobed in triangle shape.

Flower color yellow with five petals.

Squirting cucumber Non edible fruits

Fruit not edible poisonous in green color the fruit explode when are ready in shape of cucumber with hair.

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How to grow Squirting cucumber growing and care:

Well drained soil, warm weather summer with cool winter

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

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Planting season:
Spring possible in the mid of the winter to summer

Pests and diseases:
Aphids, virus

Pruning season:
All season

How to prune:
No need

Size of the plant?
1-2 m, 40-80 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade

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 (2.5 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.

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Spring / Summer

General information about the flower
Yellow flowers with five petals

Ornamental fruits

Fruit season:
Spring / Summer

Fruits pests or diseases:
Powdery mildew

How long does it take to bear fruit?
30-60 days (1-2 month)

How to grow Squirting cucumber from seeds

Sowing requirement:
Easy to sow no special treatment, sowing temperature better to sow in 21-25C (70-77F)

Saving seeds until sowing:
Room temperature, dry place

Sowing season:
Spring and in cold climate start in the winter indoor because it’s need at least 3 month of hot weather

Planting spacing:
Depend if trellising 40*50cm (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

Germination time:
5-20 days

Condition of seedling:
Warm weather, big amount of water, full sun, place to trellising

Scientific name:

Ecballium elaterium

exploding cucumber plant, exploding cucumbers

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Blooming Seasons
  • Spring flowers
Flower colors
  • Yellow flower
  • Desert Climate
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
  • Tropics Climate
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental fruit
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
  • Fast growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Annual plant
  • Herbaceous
Plant Uses
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Spring Planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
Watering plants
  • Regularly water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 13
  • Hardiness zone 4
  • Hardiness zone 5
  • Hardiness zone 6
  • Hardiness zone 7
  • Hardiness zone 8
  • Hardiness zone 9