Growing Cucamelon from seed. This is a first for me.
I have planted one seed per pot around half an inch deep and put them in the propagator at 20°C.
The Cucamelon fruit is the size of a grape, looks like a melon and tastes like cucumber with a hint of lime.
It’s now been over 6 weeks since sowing the Cucamelon seed. They certainly did take a long time to germinate. It must have been a good 3 to 4 weeks before a tiny green shoot appeared, however, they are now making steady progress.
I have kept them in the propagator in the greenhouse all this time. Still set on 20°C, but leaving the lid off during the day.
Considering most of the cucumber varieties that were sown at the same time, are now 9″ tall, Cucamelons are definitely slow starters.
I potted on the cucamelon into a large terracotta pot about 3 weeks ago. It’s now sat in the corner of my greenhouse and the vine is now about 6 foot tall and seems healthy.
We have about half a dozen flowers and as you can see from the photo above, small fruits are starting to form.
I am watering as I do my tomato plants that are growing alongside it and feed every other day with tomato feed.
The small cucamelons have just started to swell. They have doubled their size in the last week.
I’m hoping one or two may be ready to try next week.
Today I picked my first Cucamelon crop. It may only be a small crop, but there are plenty more on the vine, swelling nicely.
The taste is really fantastic. You first get a little hit of citrus, then followed up by a wonderful cucumber flavour.
I can imagine they would be lovely in a gin and tonic!
The crop just keep on coming. There seems to be no end to the amount of fruit we can pick from our cucamelon vine. As soon as we pick a handful, it seems to be replenished overnight.
You can buy cucamelon seeds in the UK from Sutton Seeds