Plant Care Creeping Cucumber

Creeping Cucumber

About Creeping Cucumber

Creeping Cucumber is a relatively rare houseplant 🌿 that needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Creeping Cucumber belongs to the Melothria genus, and is native to the United States and Canada.

⚠️ Creeping Cucumber is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

Taxonomy

Melothria pendula
Melothria
Cucurbitaceae
Cucurbitales

How to care for Creeping Cucumber

💦 Water

How often to water your Creeping Cucumber

Water needs for Creeping Cucumber
0.5 cups
every 9

Creeping Cucumber needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Creeping Cucumber

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Creeping Cucumber in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Creeping Cucumber: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Creeping Cucumber love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Creeping Cucumber does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Creeping Cucumber in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Creeping Cucumber

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Creeping Cucumber: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Creeping Cucumber after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Creeping Cucumber prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Creeping Cucumber Water Frequency →

Creeping Cucumber Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Creeping Cucumber requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Creeping Cucumber Light Requirements →

Creeping Cucumber Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Creeping Cucumber is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Creeping Cucumber is a naturally climbing plant and can be trained to climb indoors if you provide a moss pole or trellis. The newest growth will emerge from the end of the stems.

How and When to Prune Creeping Cucumber →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Creeping Cucumber

Creeping Cucumber

Creeping Cucumber


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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