Vines can grow 5-8 feet
Approx. 25 seeds per pack
Originating in 1866, these incredible small, cucumber-like fruits are shaped like tiny watermelons. This Mexican and Central American species bears an abundance of 1" fruits throughout the season. A light-green colour overlaying a darker green from the outside, and a pale green flesh that contains the sweetness of a cucumber is followed by a surprising “already pickled” taste, offering an interesting and spirited note. Great for growing on a trellis, this species’ fruits fall from the vines when ripe and are great for pickling with small peppers and garlic.
Direct seed: Sow seeds outdoors at 1" depth, in 12" diameter hills after the last frost when soil is warm. Space hills 6' apart in all directions. 3-4 plants per hill.
Transplant (recommended for shorter growing seasons): Start indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost for an earlier harvest. Harden off. Transplant in rows 16-18" apart, 18-24" between rows, or use hilling method above.
Performs especially well in hot climates and benefits from consistent moisture. Provide support for vines to save space.