Wild Cucumber, Prickly Cucumber, Balsam Apple Echinocystis lobata - Sicyos lobata, Echinocystis echinata, Hexameria echinata, Sicyos lobatus

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Botanical Name:

Echinocystis lobata







Common Name:

Wild Cucumber, Prickly Cucumber, Balsam Apple

Seeds Per Pound:
1.5 lb
Average Viable Seeds/Packet:
Germination Test Type:
20-30 feet
Collection Locale:
Crop Year:
In Stock: 1.5 lb
Items are priced on a curve, you can buy any 'bulk quantity' up to what we have in stock, some examples are:
1 packet (~ 13 seeds)
1 oz (~ 129 seeds)
4 oz (~ 518 seeds)
8 oz (~ 1035 seeds)
1 lb (~ 2070 seeds)
Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 12 hours.
Stratification: none required.
Germination: sow seed 3/8" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
In a Nutshell:
* Echinocystis is a monotypic genus in the gourd family, Cucurbitaceae. The sole species is E. lobata, commonly called wild cucumber, prickly cucumber, or balsam apple. It is an annual, sprawling plant that is native to North America.
* Echinocystis lobata is an annual vine that produces stems that can be as long as 8 m (26 ft) and which climb, with the help of coiling, branched tendrils, over shrubs and fences or trail across the ground.
* This species can be distinguished from the oneseed bur cucumber (Sicyos angulatus) by the six-lobed corolla and the lack of the clustered fruits that that plant bears.
* The seeds have been used as beads. more...
* Prefers a sunny position in a well-drained rich soil with abundant moisture. Succeeds in ordinary garden soil. A climbing plant, supporting itself by means of tendrils.
* Sow seed early spring in a rich compost in a greenhouse, placing 2 - 3 seeds in each pot. The seed usually germinates within 1 - 2 weeks at 20°c. Thin the seedlings to the best plant in each pot, grow them on fast and plant them out after the last expected frosts. Give the plants some protection, such as a cloche, until they are growing away well.
* The pulverized root is used as a poultice for headaches. A very bitter tea brewed from the roots is analgesic and is also used as a love potion. It is used as a bitter tonic for alleviating stomach troubles, kidney ailments, rheumatism, chills, fevers etc. more...
Usda description:
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