This cucamelon growing guide will walk you through everything from sun requirements, soil needs, fertilizing schedule and more. Tips for when to plant, harvest and troubleshooting are included too!

Soil

What soil is good for Cucamelon?

Rich, well draining soil with plenty of compost mixed in.

Position

How much sun does Cucamelon need?

Sunny, sheltered position.

Frost Tolerant

Is Cucamelon frost tolerant?

No

Spacing

How much space does Cucamelon need?

Roughly 1 meter apart.

Planting

When should I plant Cucamelon?

Cucamelons are warm season crops. The seeds are best started indoors in late winter and planted out in spring once the danger of frost has passed. Seeds can also be direct down in spring after the last frost. 

The seeds germinate well in soil that has warmed to roughly 20°C (68°F). 

If planting from seedling, plant out in the early morning or evening and/or on an overcast day. Avoid planting at peak sun times or on windy days, this will allow your plants to settle in comfortably and protect them from windburn and sunburn.

Feeding

What do I feed Cucamelon?

Regular application of organic fertiliser throughout the season.

Harvesting

When can I harvest Cucamelon?

Harvest when Cucamelons are roughly the size of an olive. Cucamelons should be firm to touch. If left on the plant too long they will become bitter and loose their crisp texture. Harvest regularly, as the more you harvest, the more the plant will produce.

Pests

What pests does Cucamelon get?

Generally pest free, may have potential issues with Aphids, Slugs, Snails, Mites, Cutworm, Flea Beetles and Thrips but not common. 

Diseases

What diseases does Cucamelon get?

Mosaic Virus, Downy Mildew, Powdery Mildew, Leaf Blight, Leaf Spot, Aster Yellows.

Notes

Is there anything else I need to know about Cucamelon?

Cucamelons are a vining plant and should be grown up a trellis. 

Keep vines well watered and mulch the soil around the plant well. Water or heat stressed plants are more likely to produce bitter fruit.

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