Plant Care Creeping Cucumber

Creeping Cucumber

About Creeping Cucumber

Creeping Cucumber is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that needs regular watering to thrive.

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 located in Chicago, Illinois.

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

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Creeping Cucumber in Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

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Growing Creeping Cucumber in Chicago right now

Light needs for plant Creeping Cucumber in Chicago, Illinois

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

December 1st, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Chicago is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in dete…

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Light needs for plant Creeping Cucumber in Chicago, Illinois

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 31.7% ☀️

November 30th, 2021

Chicago is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Chicago is expected to decrease by 31.7% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 5.8 megajoules of energy per m2 per …

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Light needs for plant Creeping Cucumber in Chicago, Illinois

Daylight will decrease by 1.2 hours 📉

November 30th, 2021

This month, Chicago is getting an average of 7.3 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 11.8% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.0 total hours of dayl…

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Finding light for Creeping Cucumber in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Creeping Cucumber: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Creeping Cucumber may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Chicago, Illinois ⛅.

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.

When to repot Creeping Cucumber

Nutrient needs for plant Creeping Cucumber in Chicago, Illinois

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

November 30th, 2021

The growing potential in Chicago is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to …

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Care Summary for Creeping Cucumber

Creeping Cucumber

Creeping Cucumber


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

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