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.