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
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.