How to grow Kiwano

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

Kiwano fruits

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:

Planting season:
End of the winter in cold climate spring

Pests and diseases:
Powdery mildew, aphids, Cucumber Beetles

Pruning season:
All season

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

Water requirement:
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:

Blooming information

Bloom season:
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:
Bees +

Edible Fruits

Fruit harvest season:
Summer / Autumn

Fruits pests or diseases:
Powdery mildew

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?
50-80 days

Scientific name:

Cucumis metuliferus


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