Cucumber - Mouse Melon (Cucamelon) (Seeds)
Heirloom Vegetable. This variety, which is also known as Mexican Gherkin, produces large numbers of grape sized fruit with a marbled skin that resemble tiny watermelons. Fruit has the same taste and crunch of a cucumber but with a refreshing burst of sour lemon. Native to Mexico and Latin America, the tiny fruits are known as “sandita” and are perfect for stir-fries, pickling, salsa, desserts or martinis. We suggest that this cucumber is best grown on a trellis or other structure to support the long vines and myriad of small cucumbers and to make picking much easier. Packet contains 20 seed.
How to Grow
Cucumbers grow best in a rich, warm, sandy loam soil. Before planting, work into the native soil 30 cm (12″) deep large amounts of garden compost or composted manure. As cooler soil will reduce germination and increase the chance of the seed rotting before it sprouts, wait until the soil has reached a temperature of at least 18 C (66 F) before planting. Mound the soil up into hills about 15-20 cm (6-8″) high and about 30-60 cm (12-24″) across. Space the hills about 120 cm (4′) apart. Sow the seed 2 cm (3/4″) deep with 6 to 8 seeds per hill then after the seed sprouts, thin to 3 or 4 plants per hill. If you have limited space, most cucumbers grow on trellises. Protect the plants from any late spring/early summer frosts and keep the plants evenly watered through the growing season. Even soil moisture is very important as cucumbers become very bitter if the plant becomes moisture stressed by hot dry weather. To prevent damage to the plant, harvest the cucumbers by cutting them from the vine with a sharp knife – do not pull or twist them from the vine. We suggest growing this variety on a trellis to support the long vines and myriad fruit as well as make harvest much easier.