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West Indian Gherkin in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Cucumis Anguria

 

West Indian Gherkin

Cucumber is the common name for a widely cultivated creeping vine bearing cucumiform fruits and is of the same family as melon. There are numerous varieties for cultivation. Cucumis Anguria - West Indian Gherkin, or Burr Cucumber, -is not a true cucumber. The vines are similar to melon vines, and the fruit are oval, prickly and have a gherkin flavour. They can be pickled, or eaten raw, or cooked like courgettes

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plant Features
  • West Indian Gherkin likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • West Indian Gherkin likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • West Indian Gherkin is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • West Indian Gherkin likes rich and free draining

    Rich and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

West Indian Gherkin

Latin name

Cucumis Anguria

type

Vegetable

family

Cucurbitaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    West Indian Gherkin likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    West Indian Gherkin is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    West Indian Gherkin likes rich and free draining

    Rich and free draining

  • Water

    West Indian Gherkin likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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    When to harvest

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown West Indian Gherkin is 0.60meters x 1.20meters 0.60 M 1.20 M

Cucumis Anguria

Cucumber is the common name for a widely cultivated creeping vine bearing cucumiform fruits and is of the same family as melon. There are numerous varieties for cultivation. Cucumis Anguria - West Indian Gherkin, or Burr Cucumber, -is not a true cucumber. The vines are similar to melon vines, and the fruit are oval, prickly and have a gherkin flavour. They can be pickled, or eaten raw, or cooked like courgettes


Planting

From Mid Spring TO Early Summer

Plant out seedlings that have germinated in heat into their permanent position in the greenhouse in mid spring in rich well draining soil. For outdoor varieties, harden off when the weather and soil are warm enough, and then plant out into humus-rich soil, in a sunny site, spacing them 3' apart.

 

Propagation by seed

From Early Spring TO Late Spring

Sow cucumber seed in heat under glass in early to mid spring for planting out when risk of frost has passed. Sow the seeds on edge in compost, and water, then keep compost moist until seedlings emerge. Try to maintain a temperature of at least 15 deg. Plant out after seedlings have their first true leaves, and when the soil and weather are warm enough

 
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