Cucumber, Jelly Melon (organic)

Cucumber, Jelly Melon (organic)

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Mature in 120 days
Zones 5+
Vines can grow 5-8 feet
Full Sun
Approx. 25 seeds per pack

Also known as Kiwano or African Horned Cucumber, this variety originated in semi-arid Africa near the Kalahari Desert. This green and yellow-speckled, thorny oval fruit is botanically not a true cucumber. Its fruits have a flavor reminiscent of pomegranate and citrus and are high in vitamin C. Its flesh is green-gold and gel-filled with lots of seeds. Perfect for fresh-eating or used as a garnish or for decoration.

Growing Instructions

Direct seed:  Sow seeds outdoors at 1" depth,  in 12" diameter hills after the last frost when soil is warm. Space hills 6' apart in all directions. 3-4 plants per hill. 

Transplant (recommended for shorter growing seasons): Start indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost for an earlier harvest. Harden off. Transplant in rows 16-18" apart, 18-24" between rows, or use hilling method above. 

Performs especially well in hot climates and benefits from consistent moisture. Provide support for vines to save space.