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Cassabanana Melocoton (10 seeds) (MC101) $4.00
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Cassabanana Melocoton

         
 
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(Sicana odorifera) Wow, this is exciting! I saw this crop along the roadside in Guatemala. The fruit are brilliant, flaming red and are about 2 feet long, one of the most beautiful things I had ever seen! They have bright orange flesh that is sweet and is used in drinks, jellies and other desserts; it has a unique tropical fruit taste. The fruit are so fragrant and keep for a long period, like squash, making this a hot item for fall sales for pumpkin growers. Huge vines can grow to 50 feet and are quite ornamental, but they do require a long season. Here in southern Missouri the fruit almost ripened last year, so we think if the plants are started indoors, we could easily get ripe fruit here in zone 6. It should be easy to ripen fruit in zone 7 and warmer. This plant was first mentioned in Europe in 1658 as a popular plant in Peru. We are happy to have located a small supply of seed.
 
Cassabanana Melocoton
Overall Rating:
         
4.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 14
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 1.5

100.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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Nickname:
Lauren
Location:
Long Beach, MS, United States
Date:
November 23, 2016
          5.0
 
Cool plant Beautiful vine
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 1.0
 

What are the pros? Beautiful plant; cool looking!

What are the cons? Not easy to clean seeds out.

Review:

So much fun to watch grow!!! I'm in zone 9; the seeds were very slow to germinate and grow because they really needed the heat to get going. By June, my one little seeding really took off! I had to keep adding trellises and frames for it to grow on. The heavy fruits pulled down one of my temporary fences. It grew so incredibly fast and the fruit I grew were enormous... 12-14 inches long. I read that they are good cooked before ripening -- like a squash. I scooped out all of the seeds (you really have to dig them out with a strong spoon -- better off scooping as if you are pulling out one large chunk of seeds); I skinned it and saut?ed it with onions. Was delicious. Mid November, we got our first frost, and because I was afraid I was going to lose the plant, I harvested all the fruits I had growing; I think total, I got around 12 very large fruits; 4 of them turned that beautiful dark red and the rest were green before harvesting. The plant resisted bugs and caterpillars, too.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Nickname:
Tim
Location:
Birmingham, AL, United States
Date:
October 23, 2016
          4.0
 
Very Unique
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 1.0
 

What are the pros? Long vines and pretty flowers

What are the cons? Long maturation time

Review:

These are great fun to grow and in some cases, grew 2-3 feet a day! A word of caution - they need a LONG growing season. In Alabama, I planted the first week of April and now in late October am just a few weeks away from harvesting. They are vining plants and did well in my yard in a raised compost bed against 40 feet of privacy fence - they vined up both sides of the fence and had very pretty yellow flowers from about July to September. The flowers were like a trumpet vine - pale yellow and the bees loved them. I had 4 seeds sprout of the package of 5, which is pretty good and from the 4 seeds, I have about 30 fruit hanging on my fence, each is about 2 feet long and turning a nice bronze color. I should be harvesting by November. Again - NOT for northern climates! I have not tried the fruit yet but all the neighbors are curious, so we will have to have a get-together to try them! I will definitely buy more seeds and try these again as it was lovely in the yard!!!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Kathy
Location:
Honolulu, HI, United States
Date:
January 17, 2016
          5.0
 
Amazing sight
Easy to Grow 3.5
EarlyMaturity 2.0
 

What are the pros? spectacular to see

What are the cons? takes a long time to see fruit

Review:

This was my first time growing cassananana. It takes it's time sprouting and I almost gave up, but once it sprouts it grows fast. I sprouted them in April and didn't see fruit until end of December (the cooler time in Honolulu). It may be because the vine had to climb to the top of the mulberry tree first. I now have 4 fruit growing fast. Some small fruit get stung and rot. But if it gets to cucumber size they are okay. Haven't eaten one yet so I can't comment on taste.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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5 out of 7 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
onegreenev
Location:
Marysville, CA, United States
Date:
June 4, 2015
          4.0
 
Sprouting Time
Easy to Grow 0.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? We shall see.

What are the cons? Long to sprout

Review:

I got a packet of 10 seeds and have now got 5 sprouts. I found that these if put in little sprouting pots take quite a bit of time to sprout. Im not sure if the others will sprout but I do hope even at this late date the plants produce even one good fruit. Our season is hot and long so if they don't I will try much earlier like in Feb to sprout and plant my seedlings. I need to allow them to grow larger before putting them in the ground. We have so many little rolly polly bugs that if they are still small when planed in the ground they will get mowed down. They are too precious to allow that to happen. The sprouts look good and strong. Its been nearly 4 weeks to sprout.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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14 out of 16 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Travis DeLongchamp
Location:
Little Rock, AR, United States
Date:
April 23, 2015
          4.0
 
Not easy but worth trying
Easy to Grow 2.0
EarlyMaturity 1.0
 

What are the pros? Pretty, fruit stores long time

What are the cons? Low yield, needs lots of space

Review:

I've tried to grow this a couple times. Here's what I've learned: start these plants early, preferably in some kind of composable container (I used a newspaper origami pot) and don't let it get root bound at all. Once it's warm enough, plant it outside and give it some kind of trellis. At the school garden where I planted it, I had to eventually zig-zag the vines up and down a couple rows of *sturdy* trellising. The plants I tried to let run on the ground didn't take off and stayed small. From the one giant vine with many flowers, only one fruit grew to a decent size. Other fruits were developing and may eventually have grown, but my service term ended before any reached ripeness and the school district mowed the plant down. My site supervisor saved the one large fruit and several months later I came back and got to crack it open with a machete and taste it. It is very similar to cantaloupe. We saved the seeds, are giving some to a community garden, and will try to grow it again.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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