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Achocha 'Fat baby'       

Cyclanthera pedata

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Fat baby is a variety of Achocha which is a member of the Cyclanthera family. Its botanical name is Cyclanthera pedata 'Fat baby'. Fat baby is a variety of heirloom Achocha . Blooms normally display as a colour very similar to   Banana yellow and   Yellow. The mature flowers take a Single form. Its fruits normally ripen as a colour very similar to   Dark spring green and   Kelly green. Leaves usually appear in   Ao green and   Dark spring green colour.

Quickly growing vine, that produces abundant tiny green fruit that can be eaten raw or cooked

This variety is an Vegetable that typically grows as an Annual, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of a single year. Fat baby is known for growing to a height of approximately 3.25 feet (that's 1.00 metres in metric). This variety tends to bloom in mid summer.

Mexico is believed to be where Fat baby originates from.

Fat baby Achocha is normally fairly low maintenance and quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Fat baby have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Fat baby

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Achocha climbs quickly and makes abundant small fruit

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Fat baby is generally regarded as a tender plant, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

Growing Fat baby from seed

Sow one or two seeds in a 7cm pot and use compost with a little added vermiculite. Keep well ventilated to reduce damping off
Grow on under protection or on a bright windowsill, potting on as necessary

For optimal germination, soil temperature should be a minimum of 10°C / 50°F.

Transplanting Fat baby

Gradually allow the plant to get used to garden conditions and plant out when all danger of frost has past. Choose a sunny bright spot and provide canes for support

Fat baby is tender, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside - as a guideline, the minimum temperature outside should be approximately 12°C / 54°F.

Harvesting Fat baby

The fruit are ready when they are about 2.5 to 3cm long and they can be eaten as salad cucumbers when raw

This variety tends to mature and be ready for harvest in mid summer.