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PlantFiles: Winter Melon
Benincasa hispida

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Benincasa (ben-in-KAH-suh) (Info)
Species: hispida (HISS-pih-duh) (Info)

Synonym:Benincasa flour gourd

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2 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive rohitsane On Sep 9, 2003, rohitsane wrote:

This plant is a very good boon for every type of heart increases the cardiac functioning and also helps in increasing the ejection fraction.
research is going on and shortly will be put in front.

Positive KK_MEM On Jun 4, 2003, KK_MEM from Collierville, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Easy to grow. We've had success for the past two years growing it in our backyard. It is a vegetable, so loves full fun. Sowed seeds in May - you can drop it directly into soil or start in pots and transplant when seedlings have 3-4 leaves. Extremely vigorous spread - both horizontal and vertical! One single plant can easily cover 20 square feet (and probably more if you let it), so this will not be for confined areas. Bright yellow flowers. Fruits (melons) are green and can easily weight 20-30 pounds each. Loves water, but be careful when the melons form - don't leave them in standing water. Harvest when color of skin changes from bright/shining to a dull color. If stored in a cool place untouched, the melon can last a month of two. Extremely high Vitamin C content.


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

Sacramento, California
Taylor, Michigan
Collierville, Tennessee

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