cucamelons-

How have people been getting on with cucamelons this year? I planted one plant in my greenhouse. Took ages to get going but now there are lots of tiny tendrils. Also lots of tiny flowers but no fruit set. Have other people had same problem? Does anyone have any tips? I'm treating the plant in same way as my cucumbers, which are doing well.

Thanks!

Sharon

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,254

    Exactly the same. I think these will be going on my don't bother list along with yard long bean metro rouge.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • PlopPlop Posts: 2

    Couldn't get them to grow beyond seedling stage - not bothering again! 

     

     

  • Ian 4Ian 4 Posts: 26

    I have 2 plants , now approx 5 ' high. In a pot , in the polytunnel. They are fed & watered with toms & cucumbers.

    There are hundreds of cucumelons on the plants many grape size or bit bigger. This is the 1st time i have grown then, the only thing I would say is they seem a bit hard when you bit them.

  • XX Posts: 707

    Mine didn't even germinate image

  • I have about 9 plants, loads of flowers and the fruits are just starting to grow.  I have grown them from seed and transplanted to my greenhouse.

    I have just been given them some ash left over from my woodburner and they seem to therive on it.

  • sharoncsharonc Posts: 5

    Thanks all. I now have 2 fruit set! Not exactly a result - but maybe I'll now be innundated!

     

    Sharon

  • FuffFuff Posts: 1

    My cucamelons stayed as tiny plants for months, then took off in the hot weather.  They are now fruiting quite well.  The only problem is I don't really like the taste. The citrus tang in them reminds me of cucumber that's gone over.  Does anyone prefer the taste to good old cucumber? 

  • We have them in the greenhouse and in a half barrel outside. Lots of flowers and not much set fruit until we nipped off all the growing shoots and gave them far more water than previously. They did not like the really hot weather , but we are now inundated with tiny melons. Great for slicing in half and putting in Pimms or Gin and tonics, as well as adding to salads .

  • I'm still not getting many fruit, but had given a couple of plants to a friend and her greenhouse taken over by them. Fruit on her plant and mine actually pretty bitter  -reminds me more of the bitterness of a female cucumber which has been fertilised than 'a citrus tang'. Has anyone had same problem or is it the way we have grown the plants?

  • SwedboySwedboy Posts: 297

    Do you need a greenhouse for these? I thought I read somewhere you could grow them outdoors.

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