Marble Vine Native Bryonia Diplocyclos Palmatus Striped Cucumber Seeds

Marble Vine Native Bryonia Diplocyclos Palmatus Red Striped Cucumber Seeds

Packet of 10+ organically grown seeds!

Very rarely seen local native, commonly assumed to be an introduced weed.

The thinking being that nothing this cool looking could possibly be native and by default it is a “weed” by most folks, when infact it isn’t at all!

It is a small native vine that has a natural distribution from NSW, up though QLD, WA, NT and right up to New Guinea and Malesia. Hardly ever seen as it doesn’t like competition so it is normally found in the moister semi-shaded scrub and rainforests.

Sometimes it goes by the following names Bryonia lacinioca, Bryonia palmata, Zehneria erythrocarpa, Trichosanthes muelleri and Bryonopsis laciniosa.

Whenever it does scratch out an existence in a roadside, park or garden someone pulls them out, or the bloody council sprays them, mistaking them for an exotic pest.

I grow them in polystyrene boxes and large pots and use them to shade the guinea pig and chook houses. 100% germination, but it takes a couple months unscarified or without the help of GA3.

Just as attractive as a Morning Glory, except perfect green and white, and later red and white striped berries instead on flowers. Like a string of shiny marbles hanging off the netting. Unlike most flowering vines the fruit last for ages on the vine too and no need to deadhead them either. It’s a winner this one!

Long history of use as a medicinally especially in India where the leaves are for the treatment of rheumatic pain, coughs, flatulence, and various skin diseases.

The leaves are also said to be eaten in Africa as a pot herb, but the fruit are considered poisonous as are the leaves in large amounts.

Just an ornamental folks, don’t eat them.

Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!

Exploding Cucumber Achocha Cyclanthera Explodens Seeds

Exploding Cucumber Achocha Cyclanthera Explodens Seeds

Exploding Cucumber Achocha Cyclanthera Explodens Seeds

Packet of 10+ fresh homegrown seeds!

Another very rarely seen plant that really should have a lot more recognition. It is grown mostly in its native range, which is Southern Mexico, right through Colombia and Ecuador, but gaining popularity due to its natural resistance to fungal diseases like powdery mildew, and its very very easy and prolific growth and its massive amount of coolness and novelty factor. This is only the 2nd time growing this fella, so we are far from experts, but just using polystyrene boxes next to the guinea pig house(I grow them on the fence, saves making a trellis) I am getting great yields, eating 10 or so every day for a couple weeks now. Wish I had these guys years ago when I was living in the city, they would be perfect for a balcony in pots.

When I eat one I just remove a seed and stick it in the dirt and now I have large, medium and small seedling vines so should have a pretty self sustaining population soon.

Ok folks PAY ATTENTION!

SAFETY WARNING. BY BUYING THIS PRODUCT YOU ACCEPT YOU UNDERSTAND THE UNIQUE SAFETY RISKS INVOLVED WITH THIS GROWING THIS PLANT AND YOU WILL NOT HASSLE ME LATER ON DOWN THE TRACK IF YOU OR YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY OR NEIGHBOURS GET SHOT IN THE EYE. These guys are called “Exploding Cucumber” and have a scientific name of “Explodens” because they literally EXPLODE, when the seeds are ready.

Remember those “slap band” or “snap band” bracelets from back in the day? Same theory. The fruit is a curved coiled spring that gets tighter and tighter as the hollow cavity inside expands and the seeds dry out and harden up. Once the seeds have darkened, the pith has been absorbed and the fruit is fully ripe, it cracks down both sides and explodes open, exposing the seeds. The seeds are attached to a tiny umbrella like stick, and this stick is flung at great force into the base of the fruit as it coils up like a spring. On impact with the stem end of the fruit this stick breaks apart shooting the seeds in all directions. If you flick your hand as hard as you can (without hurting your finger nail), this is the sort of force the seeds can explode with, so keep away from kiddies.

Not painful at all on the hand, or if a seed hits your arm or face(in my experience), but not a lot of fun in the eye I would reckon…

For this reason I wear glasses and cringe and squint a lot when picking. I carefully grab the fruit that have any squareness to them, or straight edges, or a yellow golden tinge, or ones that are just largish and I am suspicious of. I carefully wrap my hand around the whole fruit in one movement, and once enclosed I give it a very firm squeeze, particularly along the edges. If ripe, the fruit will pop inside my hand without dramas, and I slowly open it, remove the seeds and eat the bugger!

Be careful not to slip and bump it, as that will make it explode. One careful, fully committed movement.

If it doesn’t pop I go to the next one, all the while being careful not to shake the vine or accidentally upset a nearby unseen fruit. Quite fun actually. (Wear safety glasses folks, eyes are important).

Alternatively you can pick them and eat them whole when still small and the seeds are soft. Great in a stirfry or salad. Can be frozen whole or chopped in bags for convenience.

The final way to harvest is just wait until they have popped, and grab the already exploded fruit. Easy to spot, and still tasty, but best some folks say they are best cooked at this stage as they get firmer. I reckon they still taste fine, just like a thin slice of cucumber.

Five or ten plants per box gets an attractive vine maybe four meters long, and each individual plant gets 30-200 fruit. If you pick them regularly you get a steady continuous supply.

The chooks and guinea pigs love them, as do I and these guys are my new favourite plant.

Lots of names for them and there is a lot of confusion about the whole Cyclanthera family. Here are some names I have seen these particular ones called, achoccha, achojcha, achokcha, Bolivian cucumber, Peruvian cucumber, wild cucumber, xiaoque gua, zapatilla gorda, caigua, caihua, achuqcha, achocha, achogcha, achojcha, achokcha, caiba, caigua, caihua, caygua, cayua, Cyclanthera bourgaeana, Cyclanthera brachybotrys, Cyclanthera brachybotrys var. alcocchilla, Cyclanthera costaricensis, Cyclanthera costaricensis var. angustiloba, Cyclanthera explodens var. intermedia, Cyclanthera explodens var. trifida, Cyclanthera glauca, Cyclanthera glauca var. angustiloba, Elaterium brachystachyum, Momordica brachybotrys, Momordica glauca and Cyclanthera brachystachya.

This is believed to be the ancient wild accestor of the Fat Baby Cyclanthera. Studies are ongoing about the whole families potential health benefits with some folks saying it has potential with regard to diabetes and blood pressure.

The taste is just like a juicy cucumber, very mild in flavour, but not at all bland. Nothing like a choko or zucchini, more of a juicy salad vegetable if you know what I mean? Same texture as thin crispy slice of capsicum, and all those spikes and spines are actually like the soft rubbery projections of a “stress ball”. Great in salads or juiced. Even better straight of the vine.

Can be stirfried, used in pastas, pizzas, soups anything really.

If you want a novelty conversation starting plant that is tasty, and productive, I am telling you now, you just can’t get better! It’s bloody awesome!

There you have it, another beauty you won’t see elsewhere.

Grown organically by me and the Mrs, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!

By buying this plant you agree you have read the above information and have a clear understanding of the risks involved with growing this plant. You will be responsible and sensible, and will not put yourself, your family or the public in any danger. You will not hold me responsible in any way for your own or others actions.

NOT FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA or TASMANIA due to added expense and drama involved.

If you decide to try and buy anyway, this item will not be sent. 🙂

South African Spiky Cucumber Cucumis Zeyheri Seeds

South African Spiky Cucumber Cucumis Zeyheri Seeds

South African Spiky Cucumber Cucumis Zeyheri Seeds

You won’t see this one for sale very often. Packet of 20+seeds, so there is plenty there to get you started!

It’s a rare cucumber from Southern Africa that’s mostly grown as an ornamental, and for the edible leaves.

It does not get powdery mildew and other fungal infections, as most other cucumber family plants do, and is showing promise in breeding programs due to it’s ability to hybridize with other Cucurbitaceae.

They are eaten as leafy green like spinach normally, but if your hungry you can eat the fruit too.
Just a warning, it is very very bitter though, even I don’t like them, which is really saying something!!!

Used in Africa as a food, and as a medicinal plant for thousands of years.

The ripe yellow fruit can be crushed and used as a “fish poison” (It removes and or binds up the oxygen in the water and the fish float).

Very high in saponins, which are a naturally occurring group of chemicals that are used commercially to treat many diseases such as high cholesterol, heart disease, blood cancers and lung cancer among others.
The leaf is really quite good when young and tender, just roughly chopped, splash soy sauce and sesames seeds, and stirfried.

Equally good for wrapping fish and garlic then steaming it, just like you do with aluminium foil.
Quite good really, with sort of a nutty flavour to it that you don’t get with most greens?

And even more importantly, it looks really really cool!

Seriously, that’s the natural colour not photoshopped!

Grown by us organically, no nasties, no chems, no problems!!!

NOT FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA or TASMANIA due to added expense and drama involved.

If you decide to try and buy anyway, this item will not be sent. 🙂

 

 

Siberian Cucumber Cucumis Sativus Seeds

Siberian Cucumber Cucumis Sativus Seeds

Siberian Cucumber Cucumis Sativus Seeds

50+ seeds of the original style standard cucumber, just like the shop ones.

This is a really hardy variety, that was originally drought over from Russia, or so the story goes…

It has excellent disease, pest and frost resistance, yet can handle our scorching 40c+ Summers too.

Never gets curly rot, very resistant to powdery mildew holding out much longer than most standard green types and is very fruit fly and cucumber fly resistant. I really mean it when I say its a very hardy variety!

Great fresh in salads as its also a “burpless and low acid” variety.

Equally good pickled. (1cup white vinegar, 1cup water, 1teaspoon salt, teaspoon mustard seeds and a pinch of fennel, dill or huacatay.)Fantastic with a beer!

Doesn’t need trellising to grow uniform straight fruit, and produces bumper crops.

Handles the cold as well as it handles the tropical conditions up here! Got friends of ours grow them at Camberwell Vic and Cairns Qld. Can’t beat the little ones straight of the vine, crunchy sweet and delicious!

And, 50 seeds so you can stagger your plantings, A couple plants every few weeks!

Free, home grown, cucumber all year round!

Grown by us organically, no nasties, no chems, no problems!!!

Spiky Indian Cucumber Cucumis Anguria Seeds

Spiky Indian Cucumber Cucumis Anguria Seeds

Packet of 50+ freshly harvested home grown seeds!

Really beauty this fella, every home should have a couple.
Super prolific, non-acidic cucumber.

This is often called Indian Cumber, despite being African, and I think the reason is to separate it from the other well known spiky cucumber the Kiwano.
It doesn’t need trellising like the modern hybrids but you can if you want.
It does make picking easier, but not a lot of difference in growth.
It grows fast and fruits heaps no matter what you do.

You should get about ~100 small cucumbers off just the one well looked after vine grown in a large pot.
I just use 9Lt buckets with a drainage hole, and as the vine grows I just wind it round and round the pot..
If grown directly in the dirt or in a larger pot and given a bit of water every now and then you could even get more!

The trick is to wait until it grows a few fruit then snap the soft lush ends/tips off the vine.
This little stress makes it fruit and reshoot again and that extends the harvest time for months plus more than doubling the yield here for us.

They look spiky but the “spines” are just soft rubbery projections. Eat the whole thing, sking, seeds flesh, raw, pickled or cooked as a vegetable.
Awesome in a spicy curry.

Great for pickling due to quantity and size of fruit. Great for salads and dips due to quality of flavour.
They never get bitter or acidic like other types can be.(especially if they get sun damaged).

Great variety for folks in flats or units renting in the city.
I eat a couple every day as I cruise around the garden.

Grown by us organically, no nasties, no chems, no problems!!!

 

Chuzzle Cucumber Cucumis Dipsaceus Seeds

Chuzzle Cucumber Cucumis Dipsaceus

25+seeds of this very hard to find, ancient medicinal cucumber.

Spiky looking, but yet soft and flexible like “Velcro”.

Looks like a yellow “Chuzzle” when fully ripe, some folks call them Wooly Bears or Hedgehog Cucumbers.

Great fun for the kiddies to grow and has a mild but still quite bitter flavour when small and green.

Very, bitter when big and bright yellow! Absolutely the most bitter thing in the world when they go bright yellow.

The difference between green and yellow in flavour is amazing, and there is no way you would ever eat a yellow one even if you were starving. That’s the other reason they are a great plant to grow!

Great for stopping chewing or damage to your stuff by the critters!

100% safe for people, dogs, cats, horses, etc etc etc…
But, if you have a horse that won’t stop chewing its dug, or a dog chewing its house, or even if you can’t stop chewing your nails.

Whatever it is, just apply some of the juice and that will stop it immediately! Just cut a bright yellow one in half and rub the cut surface on the affected area.

We use them for stopping the rabbits and bettongs ring-barking our seedling fruit trees in the dry times.
What we do is, squeeze a heap just like oranges, strain the juice, and 2 cups of water for every cup of juice, and just paint it on with a paintbrush. You can freeze the left overs till next time you need it which is handy. Puts an immediate stop to all chewing by mammals, and even some insects!
The thick foamy liquid in the picture is the stuff.

Doesn’t stain(not that I have noticed but always “patch test” it first), it’s not poisonous (actually, its quite healthy, and has a long history of medicinal use) and even more importantly its CHEAP!

We get about 300 off a large vine,(every fruit in that picture was of ONE plant about 1.2m square, and that’s not counting us picking and eating heaps of the tiny small ones to munch on as they grew.

Used in Madagascar and Africa as a food and a Medicinal plant for thousands of years.

The ripe yellow fruit can be crushed and used as a “fish poison”. It removes and/or binds up the O2 in the water and the fish float due to the Saponins and it totally works.
Various “saponins” are also used commercially to treat many different diseases such as high cholesterol, heart disease, blood cancers and various forms of lung cancers.

And even more importantly, it looks really really cool!

Grown by us organically, no nasties, no chems, no problems!!!

 

“NOT FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA or TASMANIA due to added expense and drama involved.

If you decide to try and buy anyway, this item will not be sent. 🙂