(Cucumis metuliferus) Jelly melon is an exotic, peculiar-looking fruit from the central and southern regions of Africa. Growing a jelly melon plant, also called kiwano melon, is much like caring for cucumbers. Sow seeds 1/2 inch deep. Direct sow in a full sun area once all danger of frost has passed. Alternatively, start indoors and transplant into the garden when temperatures are consistently above 65 degrees F. Seeds will germinate in 14-21 days. Space plants 18 inches apart. Keep kiwano melon well mulched during the heat of summer. Try growing this unique fruit on trellis or fencing to showcase its stunning visual appeal! Provide rich soil, well amended with compost.