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Squirting Cucumber in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Ecballium Elaterium

 

Squirting Cucumber

Cucumber is the common name for a widely cultivated creeping vine bearing cucumiform fruits and is of the same family as melon. The 'Squirting Cucumber' is grown for the novelty value, as the fruits are inedible (in fact they contain a powerful purgative!). The attraction is the that the small cucumber-like fruits, when ripe, squirt out their seeds at the slightest touch to quite a distance - irresistible for small boys! (But take care to protect your - or their - eyes!)

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plant Features
  • Squirting Cucumber likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Squirting Cucumber likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Squirting Cucumber is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Squirting Cucumber likes rich and free draining

    Rich and free draining

 
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plant information

Common name

Squirting Cucumber

Latin name

Ecballium Elaterium

type

Vegetable

family

Cucurbitaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Squirting Cucumber likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Squirting Cucumber is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Squirting Cucumber likes rich and free draining

    Rich and free draining

  • Water

    Squirting Cucumber likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Squirting Cucumber is 0.60meters x 1.20meters 0.60 M 1.20 M

Ecballium Elaterium

Cucumber is the common name for a widely cultivated creeping vine bearing cucumiform fruits and is of the same family as melon. The 'Squirting Cucumber' is grown for the novelty value, as the fruits are inedible (in fact they contain a powerful purgative!). The attraction is the that the small cucumber-like fruits, when ripe, squirt out their seeds at the slightest touch to quite a distance - irresistible for small boys! (But take care to protect your - or their - eyes!)


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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