Cucumber 'Mouse Melon' or 'Mexican Sour Gherkin' Seeds

These incredible, small cucumber-like fruits look like baby watermelons.

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These incredible, small cucumber-like fruits look like baby watermelons. They are great added to salads, and stir fries, or can be pickled. They have a cucumber-like taste with a touch of lemon. They are also known as Mexican sour gherkins because the fruits turn more sour as they mature. The ornamental vines have small leaves and tiny flowers and are perfect for the cottage garden. Very unique and fun for kids with huge yields. They also have great disease resistance. A terrific container or hanging basket variety! These were a major hit at the farmers’ markets and sold out every week.

Michigan Seeds grown on our farm Renegade Acres in Howell, MI!

Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.

Additional Info

Botanical Name Melothria scabra
Life Cycle Annual
Min. Time to Germinate 7 Days
Max. Time to Germinate 21 Days
Depth to Sow Seeds 1/4 in.
When to Sow Indoors 4-6 weeks before last spring frost
Growing Height 8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
Plant Spacing 15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
Hardiness N/A
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Danger N/A
Growth Habit Vines & Climbers
Soil pH Requirements 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic), 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral), 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Days to Harvest 60-70
Propagation Methods From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Seed Collecting Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Seeds Per Pack 15