Are you growing cucamelons this year? I grew this tasty miniature cucumber last year. They seem to be all the rage. Seeds are readily available at many seed suppliers. I received my seed from Richter Herb seeds. The seeds are tiny unlike most cucumber seeds. Think mini when it comes to this plant, from its seeds to its leaves. Its dainty and easy to grow.
This spring I planted seeds in tiny cell packs and waited. Yes I waited. I grow all my seeds on heat mats but I must say cucamelons are slow to germinate. I find it can take up to two weeks for the tiny seeds to grow. It’s important to keep your seeds moist so they don’t dry out but not overly wet. Today I could see the second set of leaves starting to show. The leaves will be a bit serrated along the edges. It was time to pot them up.
I prepared my new pots with some moist potting mix and a pinch of organic fertilizer. I use my widger to make an indentation in the soil deep enough for the seedling. Check out the roots on what was such a little plant. When transplanting seedlings always use a tool like a widger to gently lift your plant out of the soil. Holding the seedling by a leaf will ensure the plant is not damaged. Insert the plant in the new container making sure the planting hole is the same depth as the root system.
Here they are in their final home. I have preorders for cucamelon plants this year. Now they will move off the heat mats and on to regular shelves with my hundreds of tomato plants.
They look so tiny in the four-inch pots but they grow quickly. They will spend the next week setting roots into the new soil and the upper growth will follow soon after. I find they take a rest right after planting even when you place them outside. They may be a plant that likes direct sowing best.
Cucamelons are heavy producers so a couple of plants are usually enough for the garden. Tiny tendrils cling to netting as the vines climb up to six feet high or more. My mistake last year was using a four-foot high support. What was I thinking? New plant, new learning curve for me. Above you will see the tiny yellow flowers this plant produces and how the cucamelon is forming at the base of the flower. The fruit is picked when it is the size of a grape. They are a tasty treat to enjoy while in the garden.
For more information on growing cucamelons, check out my post on ‘Its the Year of the Cucamelon’.