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.
Squirting cucumber for sale – Seeds or Plants to Buy
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? No
Difficulties or problems when growing: Poisonous
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? No
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.
Bloom season: Spring / Summer
General information about the flower Yellow flowers with five petals
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