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Growing & Cultivating Kuska Plant – From Honduras To Venezuela!

Do you know Mexican Cucumbers or Kuska Plant is actually native to Honduras?

Despite its name, the plant produces bite-sized cucumbers, unlike the regular large and longer ones when provided with favorable conditions.

Generally, Kuska Plant thrives best in 6-8 hours of daily sunlight, a temperature of 60-80°F, 1 inch of weekly water, and humidity around 50%. Also, it requires sandy, loam soil with a pH of 6-6.8 and a balanced 10-10-10 NPK fertilizers for blooming.

But that’s not all. Following the article, you can also learn the additional methods to propagate your Kuska Plant!

Kuska Plant [Overview & Description]

Kuska Plant (Melothria scabra) is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family and is admired for its heart-shaped leaves and small, white flowers that bloom throughout the Summer.

Kuska plant with a fruit in it
This easy-to-grow vegetable retains both superior medicinal and extensive culinary uses.

On top of that, the Kuska plant bears small, round to oval fruits that taste like Lemon and Cucumber.

Moreover, this plant is a small, annual vining plant that get a height of 10 feet and can become a perennial in tropical climates.

Do you know the Kuska Plant holds an anti-cancer compound known as Cucurbitacin? This compound helps to combat cancer-causing radicals in our bodies.

Kuska Plant [Native Range & Origin]

The Kuska Plant is native to Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, and Venezuela.

Furthermore, the exact origin is unknown, but it is thought to have originated in Mexico.

And in its native range, this plant is a climbing vine and grows in lush habitats.

Growing Kuska Plant In Honduras [And Neighbouring Countries]

For growing & cultivating the Kuska plant, the following are the major requirements:

1. Light & Temperature

Regular Lighting Demands: 6-8 hours of sunlight daily.

Temperature Requirements: 60-80°F (But cannot survive below 50°F)

2. Watering & Humidity

Seasonal Watering Demands: 1 inch of water weekly

Surrounding Humidity: Around 50% 

3. Soil & Fertilizers

Soil Type & Texture: Sandy/loam soil with a porous texture and pH of 6-6.8

Fertilizers Requirement: Balanced 10-10-10 NPK fertilizers (once a month during Spring & Summer)

4. Occasional Pruning

Pruning Season: Spring or Early Summer

Pests & Diseases: Aphids, Spider Mites, Powdery Mildew & Bacterial Blight

Pro Tip: Thinning out the leaves and branches will help in the even incidence of sunlight and airflow throughout the plant.

5. Frequent Repotting

Repotting is needed when the roots of your plants start appearing out of the pot’s hole or the leaves start yellowing or browning.

Additionally, use sterilized tools during repotting.

Kuska plants can be propagated easily using Stem cuttings and Seeds.

1. Propagation by Stem Cuttings

Steps to propagate Kuska plant from stem cuttings:

  • Borrow a 4-6 inch stem cutting from a healthy plant.
  • Remove the bottom leaves from the collected cuttings and dip them into the rooting hormone.
  • Plant the cuttings in well-draining, moist soil.
  • The cutting should root in 2-4 weeks.

2. Propagation by Seeds

Steps to propagate Kuska plant from seeds:

  • Sow the seeds 2/3 inches deep in well-draining, moist soil.
  • Keep the soil moist but not water-logged.
  • The seeds will germinate in 2-4 weeks.

From Editorial Team


If you’re looking for a tasty and healthy option for your diet, Kuska Plant is a great choice.

Moreover, you can deter their diseases and pests by using organic pesticides, such as Neem or Cinnamon oil.