Kiwano growing herbaceous vine of the genus Cucumis also known as Cucumis metuliferus, Kiwano annual and can grow in desert mediterranean, subtropics, temperate or tropics climate and growing in hardiness zone 4+.
Leaves color green leaves become hairy mature, the shape of the leaves is heart.
Flower color yellow with five lobs, female contain semi fruits that looks like a little fruit and male flower are smaller without
Fruit color yellow, the seeds cover with juicy jelly like (remind passion-fruit) the peal is yellow-orange with spines, the taste similar to
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Requirements for Kiwano growing and care:
Recommend to watering on the ground and not watering on the leaves or the fruits, need trellising depend on the species
What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seedling / Seed
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
Difficulties or problems when growing:
End of the winter in cold climate spring
Pests and diseases:
Powdery mildew, aphids, Cucumber Beetles
How to prune:
Infected leaves needed to take out, also try to clean them
Size of the plant?
1-4 m, 40-160 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing
Small amount of water / Average amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade
Is it possible to grow as houseplant?
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Spring / Summer
General information about the flower
Yellow with five lobs, female contain semi fruits that looks like a little fruit and male flower are smaller without
Pollination is done by:
Fruit harvest season:
Summer / Autumn
Fruits pests or diseases:
What can be done with big quantities of Kiwano fruits?
Eat raw, salad
Work requirements on the fruit:
Sometimes to space it from the ground
How long does it take to bear fruit?