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TOP 10 Tips on How to Grow (and Eat) Your Own Cucamelons


TOP 10 Tips on How to Grow (and Eat) Your Own Cucamelons

Cucamelons are the cutest fruit ever! Just look at them – they are like tiny watermelons that taste like a slightly tangy cucumber. We are certain that once you look at them you will want to have them in your garden. And it is a true delight to grow them as they are so easy to grow – even for beginners.


The cucamelon (Melothria scabra) is actually a native plant to Mexico and Central America where it is called  sandiita (little watermelon). They have been a part of the Mexican cuisine for centuries. Cucamelons are also called mouse melon, Mexican sour gherkin, cucamelon, Mexican miniature watermelon and Mexican sour cucumber.

This exotic plant can be a part of your garden. All you need to do is to follow our simple tips on how to grow them. Although slow starters, cucamelons will  grow up to ten feet when well established. They don’t need the cover of a greenhouse, fancy pruning or training techniques and suffer from very few pests which makes them one of the easiest plants to grow. And they taste delicious!

1. Start the seeds indoors in April or May

TOP 10 Tips on How to Grow (and Eat) Your Own Cucamelons


You can sow cucamelon seeds directly in the ground when the danger of frost is gone, but we recommend starting them indoors in April or May then transplant them outdoors after the danger is gone. You can even plant one seed per pot around half an inch deep and put them in a propagator at 20°C  in a greenhouse.




  1. lulu

    August 5, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Thank you for your comments, mine are growing but no cucamelons have developed yet, so will wait a bit longer

  2. Darlene Allan

    August 18, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    This is the first year I have tried growing these little wonders on my deck and this week, we have started to enjoy their unique and wonderful taste. My question is….is there a way to preserve this plant until next spring….our winters can get very cold and I would like to save this wonderful plant if I can

    • Betty

      September 12, 2016 at 7:50 pm

      My neighbor just brought me a large bowl of these cucamelons, but I don;t know what to do with them. I would like to know if there is a preserve that can be made from them.

    • mal stein

      September 16, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      re keeping them to next year let the plants die back – then you will have a root that you can grow from next year. I stood mine in conservatory over winter and then lifted and replanted mine this year and they’ve done well….

  3. Jeanne Beam

    September 5, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    I planted seeds this year in April, not one seed sprouted. I would love to try them next year. I bought my seeds on Amazon. Where do you recommend buying the seeds?

    • sally

      September 10, 2016 at 12:50 pm


      i bought mine off
      i only sowed 6 seeds and they have all grown, i’m now starting to harvest the fruits.

      • Monique

        September 19, 2016 at 3:10 pm

        I bought mine from Vesey’s. It was the first time (just curious) and I will plant them again next year. I harvested them last week and they are still producing.

  4. Neecie

    September 10, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    I started my first crop from seed. Then put out on patio in 3 large pots, against lattice. They grew great. But only got about 25 melons. I live in So Cal, and hope to keep year round. However, I’m getting dried brown leaves (not all) and no fruit. I added more organic soil and fertilizer. Guess I expected more fruit and continuous. What’s the deal. Help!!

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