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Seller Notes: Germination test date and results will be on packet.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Season of Interest: Summer
Climate: Sub-tropical, Temperate, Tropical
Soil Type: Loam, Peat, Sand
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
Compared to everything from mini-melons to cucumbers to fava beans, the Mexican Sour Gherkin (Melothria scabra) is a small heirloom vegetable that lends itself to salads, stir fries and pickle crocks. Grow the small gems as you would cucumbers -- with a support for the vigorous vines as well as full sun and fertile soil. Seeds may be either started indoors or directly in the garden when the soil is warm enough. Gardeners in warmer, Mediterranean climates can often skip the extra work of raising Mexican sour gherkin seedlings by direct-seeding the intriguing veggies in April or May.
Direct-seed Mexican sour gherkins into a garden bed to which a 3-inch layer of compost has been tilled into the ground. Sow about six seeds in groups, or circles, that are 12 inches apart. Within each circle, plant the seeds about 2 inches from one another. Sow at the depth recommended on the seed packet -- generally about 1 inch. Water the ground lightly. Thin seedlings to 12 inches apart when they are 4 inches tall. Choose the strongest-looking seedling and cut the rest to the ground with garden scissors. Water the vines at least once a week, checking between watering sessions to ensure the ground is moist to a depth of at least 3 inches.
Terms and conditions, READ THIS PLEASE: Orders over $14 from this ad will be shipped with tracking, Otherwise: Seeds will be shipped economy/standard or first class 2-10 day shipping (NO TRACKING and no planting instructions to keep seed costs to the buyer low), in a ziplock baggie. Our goal is to save you money on quality seeds. We are responsible sellers, and we make sure our buyers are well taken care of. Shipped within 2 business days after payment. We are a seller that caters to experienced gardeners, or those that are capable of looking up instructions independently (germination and plant care information is readily available online, but if you can’t find germinating and care instructions, please feel free to message us). We do not include growing instructions. Multiple orders of a single item will be combined into 1 ziplock. We are not responsible for buyer germination success, seeds have been tested. Seed count is approximate, and packaged by weight. Seeds vary in size, weight is exact, and based upon empirical count, and quantity is estimated. Liability of seller is limited to the cost of the item (s).