How to grow Squirting cucumber

Squirting cucumber growing herbaceous vine of the genus Ecballium also known as Ecballium elaterium or Exploding cucumber, Squirting cucumber annual used as ornamental plant, 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 fruits

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

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Requirements for 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:

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 as houseplant?

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

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)

Scientific name:

Ecballium elaterium

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