Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before your last frost date.
Transplant out after danger of frost (55+F nighttime temps).
Note: Culture similar to tomatoes.
18-24" spacing in rows 5' apart.
10-14 days @ soil temp 75-85F
Medium-Heavy. Prefers well-drained, well-balanced fertile soil with a pH between 6.0-7.5. Tolerant to drought, cold, and lower fertility once established.
Row cover may be used for extra warmth and possible earlier fruit set.
Plant deeply to encourage healthy root growth.
Fruit is ripe when it pulls off the plant easily.
We don't trellis or stake these, but you certainly could for ease in picking. They sprawl!
Bear until heavy frost. So, Much. Fruit.