Top Questions About Cucamelon Plants

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Questions About Cucamelon Plants

Asked by
msmathdevil on
September 29, 2015
Oklahoma

Q. Will cucamelons turn purple on the vine?

I’m not sure if I have cucamelons. The green ones look similar to the photos I’ve seen, but they are mostly purple and soft.

Answered by
shelley on
September 30, 2015
Certified Expert
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Is it possible you have a type of eggplant - see the photo in the link below:

http://www.seedsavers.org/listada-de-gandia-organic-eggplant

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Asked by
Gardening granny on
August 25, 2016
Farnham Hampshire UK

Q. Cucamelons

I have a cucamelon plant growing amongst my raspberries, seed must have been in the compost from my heap. It is growing really well with loads of flowers, continually visited by bees; therefore, I assume they are being fertilized, but not one fruit. Is it lack of water, or feed, or are they being eaten? Perhaps, they don’t like to be grown outside, although this year has been as hot as in a greenhouse. Can I do anything now to get the flowers to produce fruit?

Answered by
Alisma on
August 26, 2016
Certified Expert
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If the melons were being eaten, you would probably see the signs of damage. Check for any bits of leftover rind or

I'm not sure what the problem could be, though I've heard this can be a difficult plant to grow. Flowers can sometimes be killed by high temperatures. Or, low phosphorus levels in soil can lead to poor fruit production. You could try adding a phosphorus supplement like bone meal.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 16, 2017

Q. camellia

I am having difficulty distinguishing between bud drop, sooty mold or the possibility of just poor placement of my camellia. Is it possible to have all three? I would like to send a picture of the plant if I may? I am seriously considering digging it up and relocating to a more shaded area possibly while letting it rest it in a container of peat moss to see if that helps as well. I do not think I have overwatered it but we have had quite a bit of spring rain. Also, it got hot very quickly then temps dropped again. I live in Charleston, SC.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
April 17, 2017
Certified Expert
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I don't see any Sooty Mold on the plant.

Here is a link about Sooty Mold and how to identify it.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/camellia/sooty-mold-on-camellia.htm

Your Camellia should be planted in 'dappled sunshine', I think your plant is receiving too much sunlight.
Check the watering and drainage also.
Is this a new planting? Water newly planted shrubs more frequently, but properly draining soil will help with excess moisture.

Fertilizing is important for healthy Camellias.

Here are some links to help refresh you on the care requirements.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/camellia/identifying-and-fixing-problems-with-camellias.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/camellia/growing-camellias-how-to-propagate-camellias.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/camellia/caring-for-camellias.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/camellia

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Asked by
llewellen on
June 22, 2017
Southern Vancouver Island, Canada Zone 8(b)

Q. Cucamelon Setting Fruit

I’m in USDA zone 8(b) on Vancouver Island. First time growing cucamelon on my balcony garden, some in a large pot with trellis, some in a hanging basket climbing up the chain the basket is hanging on. ESE exposure, Direct sun for about 4-5 hours morning to mid-day.

The plants look very healthy and are vigorous. I have lots of small yellow flowers on the tip of fruits about 1/2 inch long but the fruits are not setting and growing in size.

Problem with pollination, light. ??? Thanks for any help.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 26, 2017
Certified Expert
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6 plus hours of sunlight is needed.
Container plants need daily water and even twice a day if temperatures are above 85 degrees F.
I have heard many reports of these plants slow to set on fruit. You can try self pollinating but also give the plant more time.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/mexican-sour-gherkins/what-are-cucamelons.htm

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