Approximately 10 seeds in 0.2g packet.
The horned melon is a vining annual that can be grown practically anywhere, provided a warm season. Plants can produce up to 100 fruits on a single vine. Provide support for the tendrils to grab.
Horned Melon or Kiwano is an annual vine in the cucumber and melon family. Its fruit has horn-like spines, hence the name "horned melon". Ripe fruit has yellow-orange skin and lime green, jelly-like flesh with a tart taste, and texture similar to a cucumber.
It is native to Sub-Saharan Africa. It is now grown in California, Mississippi, Chile, Australia, and New Zealand.
C. metuliferus is a traditional food plant in Africa, and has potential to improve nutrition and food security, foster rural development and support sustainable land use. Along with the Gemsbok cucumber (Acanthosicyos naudinianus) and Tsamma (Citron melon) it is one of the few sources of water during the dry season in the Kalahari Desert. It is primarily used as a snack or salad, and rarely for decoration. It can be eaten at any stage of ripening, but when overripened, will burst forcefully to release seeds.
The fruit's taste has been compared to a combination of cucumber and zucchini or a combination of banana, cucumber and lemon. It is also said to taste like an unripe, watered-down banana. A small amount of salt or sugar can increase the flavor. Some also eat the peel, which is very rich in vitamin C and dietary fiber. The fruit can be used in cooking, but when eaten raw, most suck out the pulp and spit out the seeds.
Requires a rich, well-drained moisture retentive soil and a very warm, sunny sheltered position. A frost-tender plant, the horned cucumber is frequently cultivated for its fruit in tropical and sub-tropical climates, there are some named varieties.
It requires a hotter summer than is normally experienced in Britain in order to produce a worthwhile crop and is generally best grown in a greenhouse in this country.
Info source: wikipedia.org
Genus - Cucumis
Species - Metuliferus
Variety - Kiwano
Common name - Herned Melon
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 5 - 11
Height - 1,50 m
Plant type - Annual climber
Exposure - Full Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acid, neutral and basic (alkaline)
Soil type - Sandy, loamy, clay, prefers well-drained
Water requirements - Lots of regular watering
Landscape uses - Grow much like pumpkins or watermelons. Plants can produce up to 100 fruits on a single climbing vine.
Bloom season - July - August
Leaf / Flower color - Green / --
Seeding optimum germination temperatures are between +20-+30C (68-95F).
Germination is delayed at +12C (54F), and inhibited at temperatures lower than 12°C or above 35°C.
Thus it is recommended to sow in trays and transplant into the field at the two true leaf stage.
The best time for transplanting into an open field is in the spring when soil and air temperatures rise to around +15C (59F). (info source: wikipedia.org).
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