Mouse Melon

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Other Names:
Cucamelon, Melothria scabra, Mexican sour gherkin
Basic Growing Tips:
  • Grows in most soil conditions
  • Can be grown all year (under certain conditions)
  • Grows best in full sun
  • Heirloom variety
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  1. Mark

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  2. Ben Jamin

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    I've got some seedlings in forestry trays ready to transplant soon. I tried sowing directly but the little seeds didn't seem to push up and was running low on seeds. It's the first time growing it and was interested to hear you classify it in the space filler class. I plan to do a few batches of them pickled because I love a crunchy gherkin. I also have some muncher cucumbers going but have had mixed success with them.
     
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    My mother reckons they taste like watermelon rind but I disagree with her and quite like them although I still do prefer a cucumber.

    However, cucumbers can't be grown all year round in the subtopics whereas mouse melons can and that's the advantage of "gap filler" food crops for the self-sufficient gardener :twothumbsup:

    Obviously, some people like mouse melons enough to grow them as a regular vegetable/fruit you could be one of those... :)
     
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    The mouse melon seeds I bought one impulse from Bunnings were sterile. The ones I sourced from Green Harvest in Witta are flourishing.
     
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    Giving them regular water? If the plant is thriving but it's just the fruit that's not holding then it could be an insect stinging the fruit or a deficiency - perhaps give them a water of a general trace elements mix and see how that goes. :)
     
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