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  • Kiwano - African Horned Cucumber
  • Kiwano - African Horned Cucumber
  • Kiwano - African Horned Cucumber

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Kiwano - African Horned Cucumber (10 seeds) (JM101) $3.00

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Kiwano - African Horned Cucumber

         
 
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Very unusual fruit with spiny "horns." The green-yellow skin turns a bright deep orange when ready to harvest, and the pulp resembles lime-green Jell-O. The fruit has a sour-sweet, banana-lime-tropical fruit taste and is good juiced. This fruit is appearing regularly in U.S. markets. Native to Africa, it is hardy and easy to grow; can be grown just about anywhere you can grow melons. Beautiful vine and fruit! Tiny seed.  

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Kiwano - African Horned Cucumber
Overall Rating:
         
4.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 32
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0

81.3% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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0 out of 0 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
brian
Location:
lansing, MI, United States
Date:
September 17, 2016
          4.0
 
jelly melon
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 2.5
 

What are the pros? taste was different, easy grow

What are the cons? to few fruits, spines

Review:

The melons tasted good with a hard to describe different flavor, slightly tart. When the warm weather hit it grew like crazy. The first fruit didn't show until august and I'm still waiting to see if they will fully ripen on the vine before the first frost. Snuck a couple to try when they started turning yellow. If I lived where the growing season were a month longer, then I know I would have had enough production to make it worthwhile, as it was, I will not be growing this again. Just can't spare the room for less than a dozen fruits.Also figure on wearing gloves when around this, the vines have lots of bristles on the stems.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Cheryl
Location:
Brownwood, TX, United States
Date:
July 16, 2016
          5.0
 
Kiwano Rund Jelly Melon
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0
 

What are the pros? Easy to grow, thrives , long v

What are the cons? scratchy,pokey, gloves

Review:

First time growing these cute Lil Rund. I have 3 vines down a chain link fence. Put a marker where you plant!!. So you won't just water random parts if the vine!. I'm in CENTRAL TEXAS. about 2-1\2 hrs from the people below having a hard time starting them. Start indoors, sunny window or greenhouse, transplant outdoors after frost. I started mine here in March. I was worried about the vine . You have to really watch when it does start it will be all over ground. Train it. !! The leaves are scratchy for sure. Not as bad as Naranjilla!!. The spines are on the fruit. Horned cucumber... We are excited about this because we juice and definitely does well in smoothies as its consistency is a jello texture. Water water !! We're in Texas 101- for about a month. I water morning early candy late evening.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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3 out of 7 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
v.
Location:
Fort Worth, TX, United States
Date:
February 13, 2016
          1.0
 
Cant grow
Easy to Grow 1.0
EarlyMaturity 1.0
 

What are the pros? Sprouts well

What are the cons? Dies

Review:

I can't seem to get these things to grow. I can get the seeds to sprout indoors, but they don't germinate well in the ground for me. Then once I get them out in the garden the plant dies. I don't know if the don't transplant well or what, but I can't seem to get any actual fruit out of my seeds.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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17 out of 17 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Kiwano grower
Location:
Shreveport, LA, United States
Date:
January 6, 2016
          5.0
 
Great plant
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.5
 

What are the pros? Productivity and easy growing

What are the cons? None that are major

Review:

Unlike southern Louisiana, Shreveport (north Louisiana) has some pretty rough and unpredictable weather. But we usually get a pretty long growing season but half that is drought, always. This plant is very drought tolerant. The little spray sprinkler that turned on every morning for the grass watered it hardly any and it did not even come on much at all. I sowed into a 5 by 5 foot space of ground and yes it took over everything and the only reason it did not keep going is because I trellised it up on top of itself multiple times and my dad kept mowin in a circle around it. There were hundreds of vines tips by the end of season and 1 plant produced over 90-100 fruit. I even did my science fair project on it. This plant is worth the space because of its productivity. Always pick fruit when slightly orange is what I found in my science fair project, The fruit are going to be much sweeter. Fruit were almost that fake commercial size.i used coffe grounds to help the red clay.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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11 out of 12 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
TS
Location:
Raleigh, NC, United States
Date:
December 24, 2015
          4.0
 
Choose growing location wisely
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 1.0
 

What are the pros? Exotic looks and flavor

What are the cons? Stinging hairs

Review:

I have mixed feelings about this plant. -No pest or disease problems other than some powdery mildew. -Very thirsty. Leaves droop in mid-day zone 7b/8a heat even well-watered. -Ridiculous amount of vegetative growth. They will climb 20' and take over everything. Don't grow near cucurbits because the Kiwano will shade them out. It was a losing battle to keep them from choking out my cucumber patch. -Plants are covered in itchy trichomes. The hairs are closer to needles on mature vines, need gloves (and an antihistamine). Stinging nettles are child's play by comparison. Avoid skin contact with the leaves and vines, hairs come off easily and work their way into skin. -Long time to harvest. It was 4 months before I got my first fruit. Fruit picked early was like a bland cucumber, they develop a sweet and tropical taste in the last few days of ripening. Wait for full color change. Seedy but delicious. I plan to grow several plants next season, in as isolated a spot as possible.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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