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03/06/2013 at 22:54

Has anyone grown cucumelons?

and if so, any advise?

04/06/2013 at 10:56

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.

04/06/2013 at 12:34

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

04/06/2013 at 12:43

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

04/06/2013 at 12:57

can we only get them from from sutton seeds?

04/06/2013 at 13:18

i bought the seeds from the garden centre

04/06/2013 at 13:22

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.

04/06/2013 at 14:35

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.


04/06/2013 at 22:14

Thanks folks

11/06/2013 at 08:54

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.

11/06/2013 at 09:27

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

11/06/2013 at 11:34

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. 

11/06/2013 at 11:39

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.

11/06/2013 at 11:42

i didnt know that andy thanks

11/06/2013 at 11:57

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

11/06/2013 at 13:23

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

11/06/2013 at 13:24

iPad  made the mistakes - not me

11/06/2013 at 15:14

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

12/08/2015 at 14:23
  • 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
12/08/2015 at 15:07

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.

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