Start seeds indoors 4 weeks before the last spring frost or sow directly into rich, well drained soil in full sun in spring, once night temps reach 13C. Sow 5-6 seeds 1/2″ deep and 4″ apart in low hills 2′ apart. Thin, leaving only the 3 strongest plants per hill. Keep well-watered when flowers and fruit appear. Painted Serpent cucumbers can easily grow 15-20″ long. pick at 2″ diameter for best quality. Harvest often to keep plants producing more cucumbers.