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Benincasa hispida var. chieh-gua 'Chinese Fuzzy'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Benincasa (ben-in-KAH-suh) (Info)
Species: hispida var. chieh-gua
Cultivar: Chinese Fuzzy
Additional cultivar information: (aka Fuzzy Squash, Fuzzy Melon)

2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
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Bloom Time:
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Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive lexiekinz On Aug 21, 2011, lexiekinz from Lakeland, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I planted 5 seeds. Only one germinated. That one plant has been going and going and going. I have feed a village with the squash from this single vine and here it is August in Florida and has 7 16" plus fruit on the vine today.

The fruit is bland like a cucumber but the texture is a little toothier than a cuke. Season how you like. It takes on the flavor of what ever you cook it with. I like it with tomato, onion, garlic, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Or with onion and curry powder. I've had so much squash that my mother and I canned some with tomato's and onion, too. Yummy!

I will plant this again simple because it's such a great producer -- not a single problem with squash borers or with powdery mildew.

Neutral Farmerdill On Sep 18, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A small hairy fruit (8-14 x 3/4 inch), 5-15 lb. (60 day) Eaten immature like summer squash.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lakeland, Florida

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