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Cucumis anguria

West Indian gherkin

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Features

  • Height2m to 2.4m
  • Growth HabitScrambling or scandent
  • Flower ColourWhite, yellow
  • Leaf ColourGreen

Description

Cucumis anguria (West Indian gherkin). A slender angled plant to 2.4m. Native to Africa. Ovate leaves are to 8cm are veined and lobed. Ovoid fruit are prickly, and grey green striped yellow.

Characteristics

Annual, Climber

Origin

Tropical America

Interest and use

Important food crop

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Low salinity
  • Soil pH5.5 to 8.5
  • WaterSemi-moist

Propagation

Propagate from seed.

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