Cucumber 'Mexican Sour Gherkin'

Melothria scabra syn. pendula

While they look like a grape-sized watermelon, this micro-sized climbing heirloom cucumber has a much bigger flavour, tasting both sweet and sour – just like a gherkin but without the work! Grow up a trellis and use as a seasonal edible screen.

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Cucumber 'Mexican Sour Gherkin'

This heirloom micro-sized climbing cucumber tastes both sweet and sour, just like a gherkin without the work! Prolific fruiting and is a first- rate screening plant. Grows to 30cm high if left to sprawl on the ground but is best grown up a trellis or tee pee where vines will reach up to 2m. May self-seed.

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Cucumbers need a rich soil that does not dry out, and has a pH of above 6.5. Seeds sprout readily at soil temperatures of 20 degrees. Cucumbers thrive when grown up a trellis or teepee. Choose a well ventilated, sunny spot for your cucumbers, as they are prone to moulds and mildew in humid, still weather. Pick your cucumbers regularly as soon as they are an edible size to encourage new flowers and fruit.

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