A warm-season crop, well-suited to training or trellising. Start early in spring either direct-seeded with 3 seeds per hole or 2 seeds per cell in trays. Thin out to the strongest seedling. Transplant at 10-14 days. They enjoy very generous applications of organic matter and repay handsomely in fruit for well-improved soil. Plant 30-40 cm apart in a single row and train up to save space.
Plants that are grown vertically will yield better, be less prone to diseases, and the fruit will be evenly coloured. They can be trained up a string/wire by pinching off side shoots and guiding the central leader up the string. Note that for central leader production, leaf surface has a direct link to fruit set (more leaves = more fruit). This will give you less fruit per plant; however, the plants will be healthier and produce for longer.