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Family: (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) ( Cucurbitaceae Info) Genus: (mel-OH-three-uh) ( Melothria Info) Species: (SKAY-bruh) ( scabra Info) 10 members have or want this plant for trade. Category: Vegetables Vines and Climbers Height: 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m) Spacing: 9-12 in. (22-30 cm) Hardiness: Not Applicable Sun Exposure: Full Sun Danger: N/A Bloom Color: Bright Yellow Bloom Time: Late Summer/Early Fall Foliage: Herbaceous Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) Patent Information: Non-patented Propagation Methods: From seed; direct sow after last frost Seed Collecting: Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds Click thumbnail to view: By jenhillphoto By jenhillphoto By jenhillphoto By jenhillphoto By bigred By legallyheidi
2 neutrals No negatives Gardeners' Notes:
Positive legallyheidi On Nov 23, 2012, legallyheidi from East Griffin, GA wrote:
It worked well here...however, I did wait until summer to plant it, so I only ended up with a handful of them. The vine is still alive, and it's nearly December, so I still have a little hope :)
Positive BajaBlue On May 4, 2012, BajaBlue from Rancho Santa Rita, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
An interesting cucurbit bearing grape-sized
fruits with the flavor of a cucumber.
Native to portions of Mexico, the fruit is
also notable for looking much like a
miniature watermelon. Fruits can be
eaten fresh and have a sour aftertaste.
Once found in cultivation, but has b
ecome uncommon in recent years.
Neutral berrygirl On Feb 27, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
SSE describs the 1-2" fruits as sweet and sour all at the same time, as if they've already been pickled.
Positive winter_unfazed On Oct 21, 2005, winter_unfazed from Rural Webster County, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:
Starts out slow then grows extremely fast. Vine is very thin. Unique among cucurbits in that female flowers appear before male flowers, not the reverse. The vines can fill out a fence.
Neutral Farmerdill On Aug 20, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:
Small cucumber-like fruit are shaped like baby watermelons. They are good added to salads or can be pickled. They have a cucumber-like taste with a touch of lemon. The ornamental vines have tiny leaves and flowers and are perfect for the cottage garden. Very unique and fun for kids. Huge yields.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Fort Collins, Colorado Danbury, Connecticut Combee Settlement, Florida Istachatta, Florida Keystone Heights, Florida East Griffin, Georgia Rogersville, Missouri Johnson City, Tennessee Red Bank, Tennessee Everman, Texas Seven Points, Texas Syracuse, Utah