- USDA hardiness zones:
- Full sun
This annual vine can easily be grown from seed. It is best grown in fertile, organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained loams in full sun. Seeds may be planted outdoors when soil temperatures have risen to at least 65 degrees F., typically about the time of last spring frost date. Plant several seeds together in each planting site (seed hill) and thin later. Seed can also be started indoors about 3 weeks before the last spring frost date, with young plants set out after last frost date. Distance between individual plants varies depending on the variety and growing method. For vines that scramble along the ground, generally space seed hills about 3-5' apart. Fertilize well. Fruits resting on mulch, straw or boards resist rot.
Size and growth:
- 0.75 to 1.5 feet
- 10.0 to 15.0 feet
Bloom / flowers:
- July - August
- Creamy white to orange-yellow
Edible fruit, Showy flowers, Showy fruit, White, Vegetable, Annual, and Yellow
Central and South America
Harvest in fall for culinary use. Young flowers, leaves, shoot tips and seeds are also edible.
Potential disease problems include bacterial wilt, fusarium wilt, blossom end rot, downy mildew and powdery mildew. Potential insect pests include aphids, cucumber beetles, squash bugs, squash vine borers, cutworms, pickleworm and stink bugs. Watch for mites.