Kiwano round and white originates from Africa. It's a fruiting vegetable and it's related to the cucumber. It's also known as Horned cucumber, African horned cucumber, Horned melon or Hedged gourd. This Kiwano has an unusual, exotical and spiky appearance. The fruits ripen from green to light white - yellow-green. The plant needs a lot of light, warmth and shelter. It can be grown indoors (greenhouse) or outdoors.
Kiwano is round and white. It has a fresh, cucumber-like flavour with a bit of sweetness and some bitterness. Use as fruit or in desserts with ice. Also very nice with pastry or in an exotic salad. Non hardy annual. Height: 200 - 250 cm.
Days till harvest
African horned cucumber, Horn melon
Indoor sowing: March - April
Outdoor sowing: May - June
Germination: 10 - 21 days
Germination temp. : 20 - 26 °C
Sowing depth: ½ - 1 cm
Plant distance: 80 - 100 cm
Plant position: very sunny and sheltered
Days till harvest: 120 - 130
Sow indoors from March on in little, seperate pots filled with moist potting soil. Sow 2 seeds in each pot and cover with a thin layer of soil. Provide a tempature of 20°C or more. Less is no good. Keep the temperature as even as possible and don't let the temperature drop during the night. Put the pots somewhere warm and moist. But not to wet to prevent rotting of the seeds. Cover the pots with clingfilm to retain the moisture. Give the seeds enough light. After approx. 10- 21 days the seedlings emerge. Remove the clingfilm when the seedlings emerge. Harden the seedlings approx. 10 - 14 to outside conditions in the beginning of May. Put the seedlings on a very sunny plot with some shelter against the wind. Give them a sturdy support.
Sow outdoors from the middle of May, when there's no longer any danger of frosts. Sow on a very sunny plot with some shelter against winds. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil. Keep moist and weedfree. Give the plants a sturdy support. Water thoroughly during the germination and dry spells. Water under the plants and not on them. Give them a sturdy support. Keep them approx. 80 - 100 cm apart. Harvest the Kiwanos by cutting them gently of the plants.