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 but can be fertile .
Flower color yellow with five lobs, female contain semi fruits that looks like a little melon, and male flower are smaller
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
Requirements for growing Winter melon:
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 Winter melon:
Seedling / Seed
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction in Winter melon?
Difficulties/Problems with growing Winter melon:
When the plant attacked in the base if not treatment well it will die
When is the best time to plant a Winter melon plant:
Pests and diseases in Winter melon:
Powdery mildew, aphids, fungal disease, spider mites
When is the best time to prune a Winter melon plant?
All the season
How to prune a Winter melon:
Infected leaves needed to take out, before cut, try to clean them, don’t prune growth vertex
What is the size of a Winter melon plant?
1-2 m. 3-6 ft.
Growth speed in Winter melon:
Winter melon Irrigation Water Management:
Big amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing Winter melon:
It is possible to grow Winter melon indoor?
Growing Winter melon is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, depend on the species
When does Winter melon bloom?
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 / Deadheading of Winter melon Blossom:
Sometimes happened because disease or not enough water
Pollination is done by:
Bees and more pollinators, by hand
When does Winter melon yield:
Summer - autumn
Pests or diseases in Winter melon fruit:
What can be done with big quantities of Winter melon fruit?
Work requirements on the Winter melon fruit:
Sometimes to space it from the ground
How long does it take for a Winter melon to bear fruit?
100- 140 days