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  • Kiwano - African Horned Cucumber
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  • 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: 30
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0

80.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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2 out of 3 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

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

10 out of 10 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

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

9 out of 10 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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6 out of 6 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
LostAcreFarm
Location:
Bel Air, MD, United States
Date:
December 10, 2015
          5.0
 
Great for juicing
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Juice

What are the cons? Sprawling

Review:

Have grown these for 3 years, first 2 years on a fence. This past year I grew them on a trellis next to my cucumbers which was a mistake. They quickly overgrew the cucumbers - the vines were huge but the fruits were only on the bottom of the trellis near the ground. Had no luck selling to anyone in the area so I juiced them all and the juice is delicious. Froze the juice in glass straight sided tall canning jars. Will grow every year now because the taste is so good but will grow away from other vines.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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6 out of 7 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Tailypo
Location:
Cedarcreek, MO, United States
Date:
October 9, 2015
          5.0
 
Worth the Wait
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0
 

What are the pros? Ripe fruits taste fantastic!

What are the cons? Long time to get the fruits.

Review:

These are not particularly difficult to get started, but then you wait a long time for them to do anything except grow, and grow, and GROW. Mine climbed to the top of two nearby trees before finally putting out fruits. Once started though, the fruits grew large fairly quickly. Unfortunately, I started them too late to get a lot of ripe ones, but those that did ripen were wonderful. The flesh is rather liquid, but excellent flavor -- a lot like limes and bananas with a hint of something else (exotic, sweet). Makes great juice and the husks are so interesting, I dried some of them to make into little bowls. They didn't last long, but I'm working on that. ;) I suggest starting these indoors very early unless you live in the deep south.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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