Cucumber, Jelly Melon
- Thorny oval fruits
- Green-gold gel fills the fruit
- Flavor like citrus or pomegranate
- 120 days
- Fresh eating & decorative
- ±1,400 seeds/oz
This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States but does not tolerate cold well.
(aka Kiwano, African Horned Cucumber) Originated in semi arid Africa near the Kalahari desert. Thorny oval fruits are filled with succulent greenish-gold flesh; very high in vitamin C. The flavor is reminiscent of pomegranate and citrus. The primary market niche is for garnishes and decorative fruits. 120 days. ±1,400 seeds/oz.
Learn to Grow it
This crop can be direct seeded into the soil after the last spring frost. You can also start plants indoors 3-6 weeks before the last frost date.
If you are direct seeding, plant in groups of 2-3 seeds and keep the healthiest plant that matures. Space your plants or seeds 12-18 inches apart and plant 1/2-1 in. deep.
Make sure that your soil is well fertilized as this crop is a heavy feeder and takes a lot of nutrients from the soil. Consider adding compost to the soil the year before you plant.
These plants prefer warm weather and soil so they should be grown when temperatures are over 68 degrees F. You should avoid watering them from above as damp leaves may be susceptible to disease.