Kitchen Botanicals

Cucumber, Mexican Sour Gherkin (cucamelon)

You may be familiar with cucumbers, but have you tried planting Cucamelons?

How does it taste? Or is it just a mini watermelon?

Many questions, but one thing is sure. Cucamelon is definitely different from watermelon.


It looks like a doll-sized watermelon, but it's actually a cucumber.

The Mexican Sour Gherkin, also known as Cucamelon, is a cute and tasty addition to any vegetable garden.

Originally from Mexico and Central America, they taste like a tart cucumber with a fresh and succulent flavor.

Cucamelons have recently gained popularity in the United States. In Mexico, they are called Sandita, which means little watermelon.


  • Cucamelons are slow-growing plants. You can start by sowing them indoors so you can keep the humidity of the soil and the temperature. 
  • Start sowing the seeds 3 to 4 weeks before your last frost date.
  • You can use biodegradable pots so there will be a minimal disturbance on the roots. 
  • Plant 2 to 3 seeds on each pot using a sterile potting mix.
  • Plant each seed ½ inch in depth.
  • Make sure to keep the soil moist (70 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Germination is up to 14 days.
  • Transplant them once the frost has passed.


Light: Cucamelons need plenty of light from the sun.

Soil: You can use any type of soil as Cucamelons don’t really prefer anything in specific. Just make sure that the soil is well-drained. Mulching the soil can also be beneficial. 

Water: They require a certain amount of water a week. Keep them moist by giving them 1 inch of water weekly. It is also suggested to do drip irrigation.

Temperature: Cucamelons are frost-sensitive so it is best to keep them in a warm temperature always. When in the germination process, make sure that the soil will not be less than 60 degrees Fahrenheit in humidity. That will not allow them to germinate. 

Just like any other plants, Cucamelons also encounter diseases while growing. They are resistant to pests, unlike other vining plants. The most common disease is powdery mildew. Watering them carefully can help prevent this disease. Let us not forget that aphids can also attack our cucamelons. Do not be worried to use organic preventives on them. 


1 packet contains 24 seeds! Just enough to start planting them in your own garden. If you have cucumber and watermelon, cucamelon is definitely a great addition to them.