Half Hardy Annual
Description – An ‘American slicer’ outstanding in T&M outdoor trials in a poor growing season. Trailing plants produce a good crop of very dark green skinned 22-25cm (9-10in) juicy, but crisp, bitter free fruits with soft white spines with slow seed development.
Sowing – Sow seed 1cm (1/2in) deep, in 7cm (3.5in) pots of free-draining compost. Place in a propagator and keep at around 20-25C (68-77F until after germination, which usually takes 7-10 days.
Growing – Gradually acclimatise plants to outdoor conditions for a few days before planting out after all risk of frost, 90cm (36in) apart. Pick fruits regularly when small to ensure continuous cropping. Feed and water regularly for increased yields.
Harvest – June to September