Sow in early Spring to allow 5 months of frost-free weather needed for good crops.
Warm soil is needed for germination, so in cooler areas start the seeds indoors and keep warm.
Sow seeds 12mm (½in) deep into damp soil, firm down gently, and keep moist. Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days. Protect from frost.
Plants begin to crop when about 3 months old and cropping may continue for 9 months or until the first frost. The fruit is ready to pick about 3 weeks after flowering when they are 2 - 3 cm across.