Watermelons, Colocynth and Bitter Apples are annual herbaceous sprawling or climbing wild cucumbers native of dry areas from South Africa, and North Africa to Iran and India. Especially Citrullus colocynthis has been cultivated for thousand of years for its medical properties. All species are very vigorous and fast growing annuals with deeply 5-lobed leaves and rich yellow flowers followed by apple-sized, in general non-edible, very bitter, ranging in size from tangerine, apple to grapefruit sized fruits turning from dark green to yellow with maturity and which may be used for decoration purposes. Easily grown for any rich, well drained soil in full sun.
Sow seeds flat preferably from end of March to mid April in any rich, well drained soil, three seeds per pot. Keep pots in a sunny and constantly warm spot inside, e.g. on a window sill, in a heated greenhouse or in the wintergarden. Transplant seedlings to the open garden as soon as temperatures will stay above 10°C at night in late spring to early summer.
7 seeds per package.