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Mexican Sour Gherkin Cucumber (Heirloom, 75 Days)

8 Reviews

You can’t help but fall in love with these diminutive watermelon looking fruits; they are fun, interesting to grow and they have the tiniest, dainty flowers. Crunch into them and they have a cucumber like taste with a lemony-lime burst. Easy to grow, having rampant vines, best grown on a trellis or in hanging baskets and easily ignored by pests. Harvest when they are smaller than a grape; the bigger they get the more sour citrus flavor they get. Eat them raw as a snack and in salads or preserve by pickling. Native to central America and also known as mouse melon, sandita, cucamelon. 

 25 seeds


(Melothria scabra)

Germination: 4-10 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-85ºF

Seed Sowing Depth: 1/2-1" deep

Sowing Indoors: 3-4 weeks before last frost. Provide 70-85ºF soil temperature. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot. Sowing into individual biodegradable peat/cow pots reduces root damage when transplanting. Transplant 36-48" apart after last frost. 

Sowing Outdoors: Sow after last frost when soil temperature is over 70ºF. Sow a few seeds every 36-48". 

Harvest: Check and pick every day to keep the harvest flowing.

Tips: Plant in fertile soil, amended with compost or well rotted manure and keep well watered. Trellising the vines allows for good air circulation, takes up less space and provides shade for heat sensitive crops like lettuce. They benefit from growing on black plastic and by using row covers for weed, insect control, and more rapid growth.


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Karen .
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I recommend this product

Beautiful and progductive!

The little "mouse melons" took a long while to take off, but once they did they covered the 16 foot long trellis completely. I'd seen the plant before but did not realize how attractive it would be on an arched trellis. We all enjoyed the little melons as well. We are planning on planting this in many more areas next year just for a living screen. Thanks Pinetree!

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Amazing Crunchy Cukes!

We have tried these for two years now. We direct sow them and they just take over. I let it vine up the fence of the garden and they have covered one whole side of our 20x30 in ground garden. We watered them a lot last year and got a decent amount. This year we didn’t water them as much and they are unstoppable! We have harvested at least a 1.5 lbs every week. We love them!


So prolific

We germinated our seeds inside and they didn't seem to like being transplanted. The frail vines sort of dried up and I thought all was lost. Before I got a chance to replant directly in the ground I noticed new growth. A month or so later they've covered a 5x6 trellis and I can pick ten or more a day from these two plants. This vine could double as a privacy wall on a porch or something haha. My boyfriend is a huge fan of them raw, but I'm more interested to try pickling them.


Huge vines and lots of fruit-finally!

This was my third year growing these. The first two I struck out, but this year I gave them extra nitrogen and they took off. I had great germination rates with indoor lights and some foil wrapped around the lights to keep in heat and humidity. The vines are big enough that they are threatening other plants in my raised beds and need to be cut back, and I get loads of fruit- I pick them by the handfuls. Make sure to feed them well and give them room. They'd probably be happier on a south-facing fence than on my trellis.

Sharon N.
United States

Vegetable seeds

They germinated nicely but did not successfully transplant. However, I will try them again.