This summer, our fruit trees are thriving with lush, fragrant growth in the Chiswick garden. Chiswick’s resident gardener Peter Hatfield shares his top tips for growing cucamelons in your own garden.
The humble cucamelon looks like grape-sized watermelons yet taste like cucumbers with a hint of lime. They are native to Central America and Mexico and thrive growing in Sydney during summer due to the warmer, more humid conditions. Cucamelons are very drought tolerant and easy to grow too which is ideal for those looking to grow plants that need little care and maintenance.
“I sourced the seeds from Johnson’s seeds, they are available in most reputable garden centres”, Peter shares. “Cucamelon seeds love rich soil with plenty of good drainage. They love liquid fertiliser, especially seaweed-based ones. Late spring is the most ideal time to sew your seeds, they really love hot and humid conditions with regular watering for prime growth.”
Peter suggests that if you decide to grow your cucamelons in a large pot, it would be advised to place a drip tray beneath it. “Also, they will grow up wire mesh, bamboo stakes or in larger spaces over ornate arches like our one at Chiswick.”
Cucamelons are best harvested and consumed between 8mm and 10mm. Ensure there are no snails and caterpillars making your cucamelon plant their home!
Enjoy tossed through summer salads or try pickling at home once grown to their ideal size!