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Hobby Farms Editors
February 4, 2011

Size: Vines grow up to 8 feet in length. Each vine bears several 5- to 8-inch, tan-yellow fruits

Sunlight requirements: Full sun (A minimum of six hours is ideal.)

Water requirements: About 1 inch per week—consistent moisture is ideal, so mulch well.

Soil requirements: Well-drained, fertile soil, high in organic matter

When to plant: Direct-seed outdoors in late-spring when soil temperatures reach 65 degrees F, or start seeds in peat pots three weeks before transplanting.

Where to plant: Garden

When to harvest: About 100 days from seed, when the rind can be pierced with a fingernail with moderate pressure; yellowish when ripe

Produce storage: Store in a cool, dry location for several months.


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