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Cucumis (Decoration Cucumis Melon)

Decoration Cucumis Cucumber or African Horned Decoration Cucumber are annual vines spreading over the ground and are native of arid regions in southern Africa. They have usually small yellow flowers, which are followed by most decorative, colorful, ovoid to oblong fruits with warty spines, turning to bright yellow or orange orange-yellow with maturity. The fruits last for a very long time and are usually used for decoration purposes. Plants can be cultivated with a climbing aid (e.g. on a fence) and thrive in any humus rich soil in full sun.
Sow flat preferably from end of January to end of March in any rich, well drained soil, three seeds per pot. Keep pots in a very sunny and warm spot inside under glass (e.g. on a warm window sill, in a heated greenhouse or in the wintergarden) at a minimum of some 20°C. Transplant young plants to the open garden as soon as temperatures will stay above 10°C at night. Alternatively they can be grown in a large container in a greenhouse or wintergarden.
20 seeds per package.
Note: Most decoration Cucumis melon species are poisonous and not edible !
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Cucumis aculeatus

Cucumis aculeatus

200 (400)cm, climbing or trailing perennial with bristly leaves and small yellow flowers followed by ornamental, pale yellow, egg-shaped fruits covered with "spines". Fruits (not edible) are very long lasting. For any rich soil in a sunny spot at a minimum of some 20°C. Either grow in a pot as a perennial at a winter minimum of some 15°C in a sunny spot throughout the year or as an annual. VI-IX.
20 seeds per package.

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seed package9096 € 2,99
Cucumis africanus (African Wild Cucumber)

Cucumis africanus (African Wild Cucumber)

300 (500)cm, African Wild Cucumber is a perennial climbing species with annual stems covered with deeply 5-palmately lobed, dull green leaves and small, pale to dark yellow flowers with green veins, followed by ornamental, long-lasting, elongated ellipsoid creamy green, non edible fruits with large brownish-cream spines and stripes. It is native of woodlands from Angola to Ruanda and Zimbabwe to Namibia, and Botswana, as well as in South Africa. For any rich soil in a sunny spot at a minimum of some 20°C. VII-IX.
20 seeds per package.

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seed package 3345 € 3,99
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Cucumis anguria var. anguria (West Indian Gherkin)

Cucumis anguria var. anguria (West Indian Gherkin)

200 (400)cm, West Indian Gherkin is a trailing annual plant with palmately lobed leaves and small yellow flowers followed by ornamental, light green, ellipsoid fruits with short bristle hairs, ripening pale yellowish. Unripe fruits are edible and are used fresh in salads or cooked as a vegetable and are also pickled, especially in parts of Brazil. Ripe fruits are partly very bitter and have a slightly laxative effect, so that they shall not be used. For any rich soil in a sunny spot at a minimum of some 20°C. VII-IX.
20 seeds per package.

FREE SEED PACKAGE: Available are 50 free seed packages with 20 seeds each from the West Indian Gherkin. Please select one free package per order from this species only and put it into your shopping cart. Payable are only the regular packing and shipping costs and any handling charge for small-amount orders below € 20.00 (excl. packing and shipping costs).

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seed package0383 € 0,00
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seed package (1,000 seeds)0380 € 19,90
Cucumis anguria var. longaculeatus

Cucumis anguria var. longaculeatus

200 (400)cm, climbing or trailing annual herb with palmately lobed leaves and small yellow flowers followed by ornamental, pale green, elongated egg-shaped fruits turning yellow with maturity and covered with soft "spines". Fruits (not edible) are very long lasting. For any rich soil in a sunny spot at a minimum of some 20°C. VII-IX.
20 seeds per package.

U.S. customers only: seeds cannot be shipped to the U.S.

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seed package8854 € 3,99
Cucumis metuliferus (Kiwano Melon)

Cucumis metuliferus (Kiwano Melon)

200 (500)cm, Kiwano Melon is a vigorous annual vine with ornamental yellow flowers followed by most decorative orange yellow fruits with strong thorns and a distinct cucumber-like, transparent yellowish green pulp, which is edible but without any particular taste. For any rich, well drained soil in a sunny spot at a minimum of some 20°C.
20 seeds per package.

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seed package3304 € 1,99
Cucumis myriocarpus (Gooseberry Cucumber)

Cucumis myriocarpus (Gooseberry Cucumber)

200 (300)cm, Gooseberry Cucumber is an annual trailing to climbing species from tropical Africa to South Africa. It produces small sulfur yellow flowers followed by ornamental, marble sized, round dark green fruits with lighter green stripes and slightly bristle hairs, and which turn bright yellow to yellowish orange at maturity. Fruits and the entire plant are toxic! Fruits are sometimes confused with other species, such as Citrullus colocynthis. And as a matter of fact, the English version of Wikipedia shows a fruit from Citrullus colocynthis wrongly labelled Cucumis myriocarpus. However, fruits from Cucumis myriocarpus are easily identified by their much smaller size, their bristle hairs and longitudinal stripes in an immature state. For any rich soil in a sunny spot at a minimum of some 20°C. VII-IX.
20 seeds per package.

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seed package7032 € 0,99
Cucumis zambianus (African Horned Cucumber)

Cucumis zambianus (African Horned Cucumber)

200 (300)cm, African Horned Cucumber is an only in 2008 described new species from northwestern Zambia. It is an annual climbing tp trailing vine with palmately lobed leaves and small yellow flowers followed by ornamental, dark green to pale yellowish-green-beige, mandarin sized, non edible fruits with soft spines and lighter colored longitudinal stripes. For any rich soil in a sunny spot at a minimum of some 20°C. VII-IX.
20 seeds per package.

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seed package8573 € 2,99
Cucumis zeyheri

Cucumis zeyheri

200 (400)cm, climbing or trailing annual herb with palmately lobed leaves and small yellow flowers followed by ornamental, pale yellowish-green, plum sized fruits with numerozus soft pale green spines. For any rich soil in a sunny spot at a minimum of some 20°C. VII-IX.
20 seeds per package.

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seed package 3347 € 2,99*
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