These fruits are almost like little candies. They grow to the size of grapes and look like miniature watermelons. They are hybrids have been bred between cucumber / melon, some fresh maybe green some may pink.
Taste: They are not nearly as sweet as their size would suggest. Cucamelons usually taste like slightly sweet melon cross with cucumber.
Advise on growing these:
For best results, seeds should be sown during September and November in a greenhouse or in a propagator. They can also be sown in pots or modular trays. Use a seed compost and sow the seeds thinly then cover with 1cm of compost, firm the surface and water with a watering can and rose attachment. Cover pots and trays with clear polythene, to ensure the compost stays moist until germination. It’s important to keep the ambient temperature at around 24C (75F), which will ensure the majority of seeds will successfully germinate. When the seedlings are about 3cm high they can be transplanted into individual 9cm pots.
Growing in containers
Cucamelon will happily grow in all types of containers, planters and even growbags. Containers should be at least 30cm and placed in a warm sunny position. Transfer to larger containers when the plants are 10cm-15cm high and after all danger of frost has passed. It’s advisable to support the plants on a trellis system, although they can be left to spread across the ground but at the risk of some fruits becoming damaged. Keep plants well-watered during dry weather.
Growing in beds
Cucamelon can also be successfully grown in open soil as you would with outdoor tomatoes or cucumbers. Prepare the planting areas in advance then transplant to their permanent positions when it’s safe to do so. Provide support and keep the plants well-watered.
Cucamelon plants grow quickly and will begin producing fruits in January or early pending on your conditions. Pinch out the growing tip when the plant has reached around 150cm in height and pinch out the side shoots when they are around 45cm long. The plants should not be allowed to dry out so keep well-watered during dry spells. If growing up a trellis or similar support they may need to be tied in, although the plant’s tendrils will latch onto most things around them including other plants. Applying a potash feed or tomato feed during the growing season will keep the plants growing healthily.
Harvesting & storage
Harvest only at 2.5cm length. Pick regularly to encourage more flowers and fruits to form. They are ready for picking when about the size of a grape. If left too long on the vine they will become very bitter and the seeds will swell. They will keep in a fridge for a week or you can freeze them by cutting them in half and placing into an airtight plastic bag or container. Alternatively they can be pickled.
Pest & diseases
Cucamelon are not usually affected by pests and diseases, which makes them a very easy plant to grow.