African Cucumber (Horned Melon)


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This horned cucumber plant is an annual vine, which starts its height from 1.5 to 3m long of African origin. The stem is raw-boned, ridged, and hairy with internodes that are 5-8cm long. At each node having a 2.5 to 5cm long curling stem forms, along with two to four pale yellow male flowers, and occasionally a fruiting branch.

The small, deeply cut, five-lobed leaves are similar to all of the watermelon. The fruits have an oblong shape, are 5 to 10cm long, light-green until maturity, and have individual, long, sharp spines on their exterior.

Cucumis metuliferus is a member of the Cucurbitaceae (gourd) family.

Growing Instructions: The plant is always sensitive to cold and it may be only grown during the warm seasons. Hot, dry conditions are best to prevent powdery mildew.The plants are grown likewise to cucumbers. Caution is in order because the plants have a “weedy” in nature they are vigorous climbers and robust plants that can also quickly take over the land. The fruit forms in clusters with the fruit closest to the plant center maturing first. They have cut from the vine, gloves should be worn. The fruit turns bright orange when it is ripe.

Minimum of 15 seeds per pack
All seeds are tested and grown on our farm in Malawi and our growing area in South Africa. Please check conditions in your area for the type of seed to be grown. Growth rates and germination times are dependent on many factors such as soil conditions, rainfall/watering patterns, climate, and many more.
Growth and harvest can be affected by these conditions. Please note that certain countries require specific permission to grow certain plants or ban their growth completely. Please check your local regulations before purchasing products.
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