How to Grow Peach Vine Fruit in your garden.

I heard rumors of a plant called the Peach Vine that was a fruit that you grew from seed in your garden. I wasn’t sure if this was true or a garden myth but if this plant existed I had to grow it in my garden! Sierra Columbine
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The search was on for more information and the seeds. I found the seeds in Burgess seed catalog and placed an order. The garden would have a new fun plant!

Growing a new plant or crop is always an adventure. Sometimes it’s a disappointment but the fun it adds to the garden while watching it makes each day a joy to head to the garden. My neighbors always ask about my new plants too and have to come up to check how they are growing.

Peach Vine Plant or Vine Peach

A peach vine plant (Cucumis Melo Var “chito”) is about the same size and color as a peach. It’s a little lighter yellow and less orange in my opinion. It is said to have the same nutritional value as a peach.

I read that vine peaches make excellent jams and pies, and had a vine-ripe flavor and texture much like a mango. I was interested in the jam aspect of the fruit plus I like fruit.

I live in a zone 5 so was a little concerned about planting the seeds in the ground, not knowing how long they took to germinate. But I did plant them in the ground after all danger of frost was over. They germinated nicely and reminded me of cucumber seedlings.

My experience growing the peach vine was that is was unique and fun. It was easy to grow and I didn’t notice any insect problems. The fruit matured in about 80 days on vines that would spread out. The next year I put them by a trellis to grow. I prefer to trellis plants that vine. It makes weeding and garden cleaning easier.

The first year I planted them in hills like a cucumber or squash hill planting. The hills were 4 feet apart. I planted the seeds about 1/2 inch deep with 5 seeds in each hill. After they sprouted I thinned the plants down to the healthiest three plants. The fruit was about 3 inches in diameter when mature. It had a yellow skin with a white flesh.

Growing conditions

The peach vine plant likes full sun and about 6 to 8 hours of good light. I would use a lot of fertilizer or good compost for this plant because it bears a good crop. They have a very pretty yellow flower, which adds color to the garden and attract bees, butterflies and some types of birds.

I have heard that the plant was originally from China and introduced into America in the 1880’s. In the Orient this type of melon is pickled.

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12 responses to “How to Grow Peach Vine Fruit in your garden.”

  1. admin

    The peach vine fruit has a delicate taste. Some compare it to a mango. Denise

  2. Jason J

    Great article, I always use a trellis with my vine plants also. It does keep the garden much cleaner

  3. admin

    Its also better for you produce. Less bug problems and soil on the fruit or vegetable. Denise

  4. Ike

    Nice article Denise. Probably not going to grow in the midwest I guess.

  5. admin

    Hi Ike.

    This plant likes warmth so I think it would grow in the midwest quite well. It might take a little more water orr like some afternoon shade. Denise

  6. Nick Prapas

    As a single, living alone person, this is valuable information too me. The weather here in Greece is generally warm most of the year for a plant like this. Thanks,

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  9. Russ Borkowski

    I have tried this plant several times. I think they are not offering the same plant that they did in the 40s. When I was 10 or 11 my parents grew this vine.
    The fruit was sweet and actually tasted like a cross between a peach or a mango.
    Every time I have tried to grow it, it winds up like a blah. Nothing like the name suggests.
    It may be used much like a zucchini or a soft gourd, instead of a peach.
    If I were able to find the original vine peach I would keep the seeds and guard them closely

  10. Denise

    many of the native seeds have been changed over time that are offered in the catalogs. Try looking in the heirloom or native plant catalogs that are offered online. They may have the original seeds.

    And yes, its wise to keep heirloom seeds. It keeps them more true and also protects them from being extinct. Denise

  11. Mark

    I seen a catalog that is giving 1 pkt of Vine Peach seeds with every order. I am not sure if our North Iowa location is too far north. Any idea how big a crop you get per hill

  12. Denise

    What growing zone are you in? I am a zone 5 and they grow fine. If your a colder zone you may want to start the seedling early.

    I grow my peachvines on trellises so I am not sure how many peachvine fruit will grow in a mound. I would say there are to 8 fruits on each vine? But you may have more. I think I get about a bushel of fruit from a packet.

    Burgess has the seeds for free. Denise

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