Painted Serpent Cucumber

Certified Organic

Cucumis melo

AKA Armenian Cucumber. Heat-tolerant, bitterness free.

Long, ribbed, striped cucumber-like fruits are tender, have an excellent mild flavor, and are free from bitterness that can beset regular cukes (these are technically melons). Untrellised, the fruits will curve into an S shape (hence the name). Fruits best harvested when 7-16" long.
With roots in Egypt and the Middle East, varieties of this delicious melon were domesticated and selected in Armenia as far back as the 15th century. The seeds traveled with Armenian immigrants to the United States in the late 1800s, and became a treasured symbol of home.

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Easy to grow. Direct sow a week or two after last frost; or, sow under protection three weeks before last frost. Transplant in hills of 3-4 seeds spaced 2-3' apart or in rows 18" apart. Will grow up a trellis; untrellised,
the fruits will curve into an S shape. Keep harvesting for continued production; best when 7-16" long.

Days to Germination 7 days
Days to Maturity 58 days
Planting Depth 1/2 inch
Spacing in Row 12 inches
Spacing Between Rows 60 inches
Height at Maturity 12 inches
Sun Preference Full Sun

In this painting on paper, Talin Megherian weaves together many layers of Armenian symbols and imagery to tell the story of this seed. Central to the composition is the Armenian symbol for eternity, which represents both the cycle of seed growth and the never-ending spirit of the Armenian people.

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