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Cucumis (Kiwano Cucumber and West Indian Gherkin)

Kiwano or African Horned Cucumber and West Indian Gherkin are annual trailing vines and are native of the Kalahari desert and other dry areas in southern Africa. They have yellow flowers followed by decorative, oblong fruits, turning from light green to bright orange-yellow with maturity in Cucumis metuliferus. Fruits have small to stron bristle hairs on their exterior and show a mild cucumber like flavor. The plants can also be cultivated upright with a climbing aid (e.g. on a fence). They will 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.
20 seeds per package.
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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).

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

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package3346 € 1,99
seed package0383 € 0,00
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seed package (1,000 seeds)0380 € 19,90
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.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package3304 € 1,99