Plant Care Exploding Cucumber

Exploding Cucumber

Also known as

Ecballium and Squirting cucumber


Ecballium elaterium

How to care for Exploding Cucumber


How often to water your Exploding Cucumber

Water needs for Exploding Cucumber
0.5 cups
every 9

Exploding 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 Exploding Cucumber

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Exploding Cucumber in your home

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

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

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

Exploding Cucumber does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Exploding Cucumber

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Exploding 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 Exploding Cucumber after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Exploding Cucumber is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Exploding Cucumber

Exploding Cucumber

Exploding Cucumber

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


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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