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Benincasa hispida 'Chinese Preserving Melon'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Benincasa (ben-in-KAH-suh) (Info)
Species: hispida (HISS-pih-duh) (Info)
Cultivar: Chinese Preserving Melon
Additional cultivar information: (aka Courge la cire, Chinese Winter Melon)
Registered or introduced: 1892

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

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


No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral jganjay On Mar 12, 2008, jganjay from North Fort Myers, FL wrote:

The fruit can be stored for up to a year at room temperature without spoilage.

Neutral Farmerdill On Sep 19, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A large round to oblong fruit, 10-1inches long, 15-25 lb, waxy. Introduced to USA from China in 1892


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

North Fort Myers, Florida

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