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Melothria scabra
CUCUMBER-MOUSE MELON-GHERKIN Also known as a Mexican Sour Gherkin, this cucumber relative produces an abundance of grape-sized fruit which resembles miniature watermelons rather than cucumbers. Native to Mexico & Central America. Despite their size, these little fruits have a delightful yet slightly sour cucumber flavor that varies depending on when picked. Younger fruits are more cucumber like with mature fruits becoming increasingly sour. Use raw added to salads whole or sliced & even to salsa sauces. May also be pickled as for other gherkins or chopped & cooked in a stir-fry. Grow as for cucumbers, preferably on a support. The mouse melon, however, is a delicate vine that is slow to establish but when growing strong can crop heavily. A crop will reduce in excessive summer heat or dryness, but usually improving again towards autumn as temperatures reduce.

Place seeds on end blunted end pointing downwards in compost and simply push into compost out of sight. Water thoroughly to start then keep moist but not wet.

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Germination Time (Days) 10 – 15
Maturity Time (Days) 60 – 90
Sowing Depth (mm) 20
Plant Spacing (cm) 40 – 60
Row Spacing (cm) 100 – 120
pH 5 – 7.5
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ABSeeds is an Australian owned business trading under the umbrella of Direct Compost Solutions which is owned and managed by Victoria Brun.

We as a company endeavor to provide to the public, Organic, Old Fashioned, Heritage, and Open-pollinated seeds that have not been genetically modified.

We purchased the business in November 2018 and renamed it to ABSeeds (All ‘Bout Seeds) to make the title shorter and represent what we hope to achieve with this business in the years ahead.

Seeds that we can’t grow ourselves we will acquire from people who grow for us, or we may purchase seeds from reputable heritage seed companies.

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