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Melothria scabra

Melothria scabra
Mexican sour gherkin; mouse melon

Common name Mexican sour gherkin; mouse melon
Family cucurbitaceae
Life cycle annual
Flowers yellow (summer)
Size vine
Light sun
From seed germinate warm
detailed seed-starting info below

Vining plant bearing small fruit, speckled light on dark green. Compared to its larger cucumber relatives, this is a much less imposing plant, growing from skinny vining stems, with mid-sized leaves and quite tiny flowers. The fruit is surprisingly refreshing, with a bit of a sour bite. It takes quite a few of them to fill up, so it's a good nibble-while-gardening option.

Melothria scabra

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from Pinetree 2015 order. Baggy 75F (100%G, 6d)

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