Winter melon growing – plant of the genus Benincasa also known as Benincasa hispida, Winter melon annual plant grow as semi vine or vine, can grow mediterranean, desert, subtropics or tropics climate can be grown in temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 4+.
Flower color yellow with five lobs, female contain semi fruits that looks like a little melon, and male flower are smaller
Winter melon fruits
Fruit in green color the taste is sweet when the fruit is young after the sweet taste gone and it use as vegetable the size can be 10-80 cm in round shapes and shapeless, after picked the fruit can be used after ripen, seeds also edible
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Requirements for Winter melon growing and care:
Long summer at least 3 month from flowers recommend to watering on the ground and not watering on the leaves or the fruits, some species need trellising (the small ones),
What is the best way to start growing?
Seedling / Seed
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
Difficulties or problems when growing:
When the plant attacked in the base if not treatment well it will die
Pests and diseases:
Powdery mildew, aphids, fungal disease, spider mites
All the season
How to prune:
Infected leaves needed to take out, before cut, try to clean them, don’t prune growth vertex
Size of the plant?
1-2 m, 40-80 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing
Big amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Is it possible to grow as houseplant?
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Late spring / summer
General information about the flower
Yellow flower with five lobs, female contain semi fruits that looks like a little Winter melon, and male flower are smaller
Thinning the bloom:
Sometimes happened because disease or not enough water
Pollination is done by:
Bees and more pollinators, by hand
Fruit harvest season:
Summer – autumn
Fruits pests or diseases:
What can be done with big quantities of Winter melon fruits?
Work requirements on the fruit:
Sometimes to space it from the ground
How long does it take to bear fruit?
100- 140 days
Grow from seeds
Easy to sow no special treatment
Saving seeds until sowing:
Room temperature, dry place
Depend if trellising or not, 1-2 on the ground can be more depend on the species
Depth of Sowing:
Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist soil, full sun
Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water
Condition of seedling:
Warm weather, big amount of water, full sun
Do the seeds require burying?