6 May 2019 Cucamelon (Melothria scabra)


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Mine are direct seeded next to a bean trellis. Planted about 5 days ago and just now breaking through.
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Have you grown cucamelon in the past? If so how many plants?
It is still cold in my Zone 5, 10C this day and raining.
 

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No, I first learned about them in a thread on this forum...and decided I had to try some. I'll probably thin to about 6 or so plants (30 seeds) and let them grow up a bean trellis.

My climate is much more conducive to growing them here than your zone 5...so I expect them to take off quickly.
 
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My seedlings have their first true leaves; cucurbits in miniature.

I just sprouted my seeds in a normal seed tray.
 
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Very nice. I planted 8 pots and only one is showing leaves now. Irritating. I got some more under a towel. Will try again.
 
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I suspect they are prone to rotting, like other cucurbit seeds, so try potting them on blunt end down, 1/2" deep and water from the top only once. Keep warm.
 

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