Nation of Gardeners results: Cucamelon Mexican Gherkin

Cucamelon Mexican Gherkin

Cucamelon Mexican Gherkin is a relatively newly available seed commercially, and one that has been championed by James Wong.  A vigorous trailer or climber which is relatively easy to grow, they produce an abundance of fruit resembling tiny watermelons, which taste a bit like cucumber but with a citrus tang.

They need little care, are drought-tolerant and if the roots are lifted before first frosts they can be stored and replanted for earlier fruiting the following season.

Our Nation of Gardeners were asked to sow Cucamelon Mexican Gherkin in April 2014 to trial this now popular greenhouse crop for taste, and their general thoughts on whether this plant lives up to its hype.

The table below charts their progress.

Location Elevation Date planted/sown Date first emerged Notes
Cheshire 49m 12 April 19 April Germination rate 25 seeds planted so far after 13 days 17 seedlings
Renfrewshire 28m 19 April 24 April On indoor windowsill in heated propagator
North Devon 30-50m 14 April Sown indoor propagator on east facing windowsill
Worcestershire 55m 18 April 2 May Cucamelons were sown 18/4 in g/house at 15 degrees. First seedlings 2/5 and now I have a total of 6 plants.
Herefordshire 7 April 21 April Sown to kitchen windowsill east facing
Cumbria 90m
Ceredigion 131m 14 April 25 April Sown indoors in north west facing position.
Bristol 55m 12 April Sown in heated propagator in conservatory
Suffolk 6m 10 April 14 April Sown in heated propagator
Hertfordshire 150m 10 April 25 April All in greenhouse (temperature varies but now lower than 11) into seed trays.
Surrey 58m 29 April 7 May 7 seeds have germinated, waiting for 2nd leaf to develop and then will transplant into larger pots. 16/05/14
Pontypridd 157m 11 April 17 April 100% germination 6 seedlings transplanted into modules 30/04/14. Potted on again into 9cm pots 11/05/14.
Buckinghamshire 66m
Guildford 56m
Gloucestershire 74m 24 April Sown into greenhouse
Moray 13 April Sown into greenhouse
Derbyshire 241m 12 April 24 April Sown x6 into windowsill progagator. 5 out of 6 germinated.  Potted on 19 May.

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