Shark Fin Melon Patch (cucurbita ficifolia)
This is absolutely an amazing melon plant!! I have never seen anything so hardy! I think maybe it should be classified as a weed sometimes. Hehehehe. As in my member page we grew Cucurbita Ficifolia aka "shark fin melon" per my mom's request. We have grown them probably 3 years straight then we had one summer off and grew winter squashes in the same area. Well after the winter squashes were all finished and pick this plant pops up in several different spots in the same patch. I had originally thought 'Oh the winter squashes are coming again' since we picked all the mature squash. Nopes...it's the Shark Fin Melon popping up all by itself. Seems the bits of vine or roots that were tilled over decided to regenerate. This started last December. The vines are so dense that they are reaching toward the sky!! They are also impinging on my bf's dahlia garden. Needless to say he and the dahlia's are not happy. The edges of this patch are trimmed every 3-4 days. The vines must grow at least a foot every 3-4 days. Last year we tried them in a shaded area. We had pulled them all out, so I thought. This year I also found them growing up to the top of the 20 plus foot oleander bush that was next to it!
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