Seeds - Cucumber, Jelly Melon OG (SGH)
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Description: A thorny and exotic variety of cucumber filled with green-gold gel. Descriptions of the flavour vary widely but many describe it as having a more mild tropical fruit vibe with hints of passion fruit and melon. Also known as horned melon, "Kiwano", African Horned Cucumber, and blowfish fruit. This species of cucumber is native to Sub-Saharan Africa near the Kalahari desert and is an excellent source of water in the dry season. Heirloom. Produces easily in the garden, raised beds or larger pots.
Pack Size: 30 seeds
Latin Name: Cucumis sativus
Main Uses: Vegetable
Days to Maturity: 60 - 70 days
Exposure: Full sun
Height: 6 ft / sprawling vine
Seed source: USDA Certified Organic
Germination: 7 - 14 days at 18 - 22ºC.
Indoors: 4 weeks before last frost date. Sow in individual 2 - 3" plantable pots, such as peat or coir, so as not to disturb the roots when transplanting. For best results, apply Sea Magic™ kelp from first watering. Apply a seedling-starter fertilizer such as Evolve Seedling once the second set of true leaves has appeared, and then alternate between the kelp and seedling starter until transplant.
Outdoors: Direct seed after last frost date, once the soil temperature reaches 20ºC.
Planting Depth: 1/2" (outdoors).
Spacing: 4 - 5 seeds in hills spaced 12 - 18" apart. Thin to 2 - 3 plants per hill. If space is limited, plant closer together and provide a trellis.
Planting Out: Plant outdoors in 12" diameter hills in well-drained fertile soil once seedlings are established and all chance of frost is past.
Fertilizing (Containers): Plant in a quality, organic-based potting mix with good drainage. Fertilize regularly with organic plant food. Jobes organic fertilizer spikes are easy and effective!
Watering (Containers): Water containers deeply when top inch feels dry to the touch. Monitor every day or two during very hot weather.
Growing in Mixed Planters: Sprawling cucumber varieties with vigorous vines are not well-suited to mixed planters, but compact varieties may do well given a large container, such as a barrel.
Fertilizing (Garden): Plant in a garden recently amended with compost. No further fertilizing required.
Watering (Garden): Water evenly - very important!
Garden Companions: Nasturtiums are said to improve the flavour of cucumbers.
Harvesting: Pick regularly for continuous production.
Suitability for Indoors: Not suited for indoors.