Kiwano, Orange (Cucumis metuliferus)

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Available only in the Spring!

Kiwano, also known as Jelly Melon or African Horned Cucumber is an annual fruiting vine. The plant produces a gorgeous, eye-catching a cucumber melon-like fruit. When ripe, it has bright orange skin and refreshing lime-green juicy interior with many soft cucumber-like seeds. 

Native to center and southern Africa, Kiwano thrives in a hot, dry environment and is the perfect plant to grow in late summer. Kiwano's flavor is a combination of cucumber, lime, melon with maybe even a mellow hint of banana.  The flesh of the fruit is juicy and succulent and can be scooped from the fruit with a spoon.  Kiwano fruit is great raw alone or in salads but can also be boiled down into a jelly or even pickled.

The Kiwano vine likes to climb on trees, shrubs, grass and throughout low-lying disturbed areas. One hardy Kiwano vine can produce up to 100 fruits in one season!

Plant Type:
Annual Fruiting Vine

Harvest Season:
Summer

Kiwano fruits 4 months from seed.

Mature Size:
Up to 10 ft.

Soil & Moisture:
Rich, well-draining soil with slight acidity

Light Requirements:
Full Sun

Self-Fertile:
Yes

Growth Rate:
Both Orange and Yellow Kiwano are fast growers

Zone Hardiness:
Outdoors 10-11 with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Propagation:
Our Kiwano plants are annual fruiting vines grown from seed and capable of producing fruit within this season.

Small: 2" Peat Pots
Medium: 4" Coconut Coir Pot
Large: 6" Peat Pot
X-Large: 8-10" Pot 
Citrus: 4x14" Pot

View Full Plantable Pot Size & Materials Guide Here 

How to Grow Kiwano

Plant Type: Annual Fruiting Vine

Harvest Season: Summer - Fall

Mature Size: Similar to cucumber, this large bushy vine can spread up to 5-10 ft.

Soil & Moisture:  Dry, sandy, well-draining

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade

Zone Hardiness: 4+

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