What are the pros? Branching vines borers ignore
What are the cons? Zero production in summer heat
I grew 3 plants in 2018, started in the spring and transplanted from 4" pots. They were somewhat slow to establish on my south-facing back fence trellis, with multiple tip die-backs in the 105 degree heat of the dry summer, but vigorous branches form readily lower down the stem. They hit their stride as the weather cooled off and we got some decent rain, and finally set their first fruits in August, no more than an inch, about the size of small grapes. The taste is very much cucumber, plus slightly sweet upfront with a light tart finish and pleasantly crunchy; This would be a lovely addition to salads whole or cut. A serious benefit in my area is the fact that when squash vine borers destroyed two thirds of the 30 cucurbits I planted this spring, including melons, cucumbers, and squash, these were left completely untouched, in fact it is a bit absurd to imagine a borer trying to infiltrate the ~1.5mm vine. As of Nov. they are 8-15' and packed with fruit, I'll grow these again.
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