Members of the Cucurbitaceae are identified by tendril-bearing vines with alternate leaves. Plants produce male and female flowers and are insect pollinated. Varieties are easily kept separate though hand-pollination, however we let our open pollinate since different species are incompatible. If self pollinating use siblings as parents to keep genetic diversity. Try to keep at least twenty plants if open pollinating.
Harvested fruits should be stored for an additional month at least. This post-harvest ripening period allows the seed to finish growth increasing seedling vigor. Seeds can then be removed, rinsed and fermented. Some cucurbits will have higher germination rates and less disease when fermented.