Size:Â Vines grow up to 10 feet long. Each vine bears up to six large fruits, each weighing about 4 pounds.
Sunlight requirements:Â Full sun (A minimum of six hours is ideal.)
Water requirements: About 1 inch per weekâ€”consistent moisture is ideal, so mulching is a good idea.
Soil requirements: Well-drained, fertile soil, high in organic matter
When to plant:Â Direct-seed in late-spring when soil temperatures reach 65 degrees F, or start seeds in peat pots three weeks before transplanting.
Where to plant:Â Garden
When to harvest:Â 90 to 100 days from seed, when a fingernail can pierce the rind with a moderate amount of pressure
Produce storage:Â Store in a cool, dry location for several months. Leave about 1 inch of stem attached to the fruit for prolonged storage.