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Has anyone grown cucumelons?

and if so, any advise?

fidgetbones

I sowed some seeds when I put my courgette seeds in three weeks ago. Same conditions. Courgettes up in a week. Cucumelon have just germinated.

Part of my 'try something new' this year. I have also got the James wong electric daisies. should be good for a laugh.

sounds good, just tried to order some cucumelons without any luck, may be next year.

little-ann

i am growing some, it did take a while for the seeds to germinate and the plants take a bit of time to grow after pricking out but they look about to take of now with the sun shining. James says they will grow outside but are better in a greenhoue or tunnel.

I am also trying sweet potatoes

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little-ann

i bought the seeds from the garden centre

fidgetbones

They are in the James Wong range by  Suttons. I bought mine when I saw a stand at Kew Gardens shop, but I have seen them since in larger garden centres.

I objected to Suttons post and packing charge for a packet of seeds.

I bought seeds from the eden project and grew them last year. They went crazy in the greenhouse ! Got loads of fruit but I found them rather bitter, pickle most of them.

 

I have tried three times to germinate cucamelon seeds without success. What do you think I am doing wrong? Sown in multipurpose compost in small seeds trays covered with a propagater lid. No trouble with other similar seeds.

little-ann

i think they need  heat it took mine a while in the heated propagator 

AndytheScientist

I did mine on a south windowsil in a propergator, seed compost, germinated pretty quickly. I think i got 3 from 5 seeds sown. They grow slowly though, they are in the greenhouse now, 2 just have about 4 leaves now, and 1 has taken off and is about 8" high. Not quite big enough to go into the growbag yet though. 

AndytheScientist

Also remember that once you do get some growing you can lift and store the rhizome like a dahlia and grow them the following year. That way they should get off to a faster start the following season.

little-ann

i didnt know that andy thanks

AndytheScientist

No guarantees, but that's what james wongs says anyway

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Lilylouise

I am growing some- the seeds did take ages to germinate and I have jpotted some some into 4"pots - they are romping always now!! I am intending to grow the I in my greenhouse pam LL x

Lilylouise

iPad  made the mistakes - not me

Perhaps I will try again. It may be a bit late but perhaps if they grow I will be able to save the rhizome for next year

  • Hi my name is phil and I have 4 cucamelon plants with quite a fruits and I wondered when they are big enough to pick

They're big enough to eat when about an inch long. The bigger the better, if you like the taste. The bitterness drops off then they reach full size. They reach full size and sit on the plant for a week or so before dropping off.

I grew them last year out of curiosity but they weren't all that exciting to be honest. They're ok in a G&T but don't offer much.

They were tough to germinate and took a while to fruit in a GH. I didn't sow any this year but dropped fruit have germinated in my GH and are about 2-3ft long and fruiting now. If I needed the space I'd pull them up.