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Cyclanthera pedata

Common name caigua
Family cucurbitaceae
Life cycle annual
Size climbs to 6'
Light sun
Cultural notes needs warm conditions, rich soil
From seed germinate at room temperature (or above)
detailed seed-starting info below

Vegetable in the cucumber family, supposedly with many beneficial nutritional values when eaten in a salad or steamed. For me, the attraction is more the oddball nature of the plant: I'd like to see its exploding habit, where the ripe fruits turn themselves inside out, thereby propelling their odd-shaped seeds. Hopefully I'll catch it in action sometime this year.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '09 trade. Baggy 70F (100%G, 4d)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (100%G, 4d)

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