Jelly Melon

Lansing, MI, United States
July 24, 2016
Sassy but Fun
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0

What are the pros? Once it starts it takes off!

What are the cons? It's an ouch.


I started my Jelly Melons inside in February as the growing season for these guys go long. 3 of the 4 seeds I planted grew and I inadvertently killed one of them by trying to plant it upside down in a hanging basket away from the heat lamps. I don't recommend trying to grow them upside down. The two survivors did pretty well under the lamps and getting water from the bottom, the root system was impressive but they really took off once it was warm enough to plant them outside. They don't get too large like their unruly parent plants (the regular size Kiwano) which is a plus but they do have stinging fibers so keep them out of child reach and always handle with gloves. The biggest problem I encountered was a cucumber beetle and another stink bug type infestation that came in on the straw I put under my plants. The cucumber beetles diseased most of my leaves and the vines started to split but it's a manageable problem and the plant is still growing strong with melons appearing in mid-July

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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