What are the pros? Fast, easy, stout vine, tastey
What are the cons? Needs a lot of trellis space
I am in Sacramento CA which is very close to Citrus Heights in a previous review. I let these grow to full orange color as I did not have to pull them at the first hint of orange because of a short growing season. The fruits are fine and not dried out and rotting like in the other review. These did well for me in California's central valley heat.
These are very stout and fast growing vines. They have grown up and over my 7 foot tall tunnel trellis and mingled with the cucumbers on the other side. There are some ripe ones in early august with direct sowing in early to mid May. Unripe melons planted at the same time on the same trellis are only softball size for a comparison.
I steamed these in the microwave and they came out great with just butter. I did not make pie, but I assume they would do fine for that if they are good steamed.
I will definitely grow again, but give them more of the trellis space as it overtook Rampicante squash planted next to it.
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