Kiwano (Cucumis metuliferus)
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Kiwano (Cucumis metuliferus)

Regular price $10.95

Live Kiwano Plant
Ships in 100% Biodegradable 4" Coconut Fiber Planter

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!

Order Processing & Shipping Schedule
Orders are processed and shipped at the beginning of each week via 1-3 Day USPS Priority Mail.  Average order processing time before shipment ranges from 1-14 days.

Tracking information
A confirmation email with tracking information will be sent immediately upon shipment. You can track the progress of your order online anytime by logging in to your account. Delivery confirmation will be emailed when your plants have reached their destination, so you never miss a beat!

Shipping Cost
Shipping will be calculated at checkout and varies based on order weight and your distance from the nursery.  Shipping is combined for multiple plants. The more you grow, the more you save!

Can I pick up my order at the nursery?
Yes, just select Store Pickup at checkout and schedule your pickup date/time. A member of our team will reach out if the time you have chosen needs to be rescheduled.  There are no same day pickups. 

For more frequently asked questions visit our FAQ's page.

Weather Holds
Orders placed in colder climate zones during the winter months will automatically be placed on hold until Spring or when temperatures in your area are above freezing on the expected date of delivery.  

Heat Packs
Heat packs can be purchased separately to avoid cold weather delays.
If you live in a colder climate and do not want to wait until Spring to get your new plants, we recommend adding a heat pack to your order. Your plants will ship as scheduled and arrive safely, with no risk of freezing on the way to your front door.

Plant Care

Plant Type: Annual Fruiting Vine

Harvest Season: Summer-Fall

Mature Size: Kiwano vine has a similiar habit to cucumber and it's large bushy vine can spread up to 5-10 ft.

Soil & Moisture:  Dry, Sandy, Well-draining

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade

Zones

Climate Zones: USDA plant hardiness Zones 4+

All of our tropical fruiting plants can be grown in small or large containers in northern zones or planted outside in warmer climates.