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Kiwano: I spy, Uhm, a Fruit!

Tuesday, 05 Apr 11 Sunny 16°C / 61°F

Well it’s been a month since the last update on these prolific foliage producers and I had to remove a fair amount of growth to get to the tomatoes and chillis the other day.

With arms safely enclosed within the rose pruning gloves, Secateurs in hand I removed probably a quarter of their growth (the secaturs weren’t really needed as the vine is not all that tough to remove) and in the process of doing that I exposed one small yellow fruit, odd looking beast that it was. Anyway, I forgot to photograph that oddity but tonight I remembered to go out and have another look for signs of life. Eureka – sort of.

I figured that once I saw the first one the eyes would become instantly accustomed to their camouflage, sadly they still allude me, except for the odd small one and the one I almost stubbed my toe on, at the base of the vine of all places! By the size of it it’s been there all along, it was also covered by aforementioned quarter of the vine, very well hidden until now!

Photos

  1. Flower and fruit
  2. and another
  3. 3 of them!
  4. Ah, that’s where the early starter has been hiding

Photos

This entry is about

Day 177

Cucumber 'African Horned' (Kiwano) - 2010 #2

Cucumis metuliferus

Setting Fruit

Visible signs of fruit forming.

Central East garden

Comments

  • flowerweaver

    flowerweaver wrote:

    I hope it doesn’t feel as wicked to the toe as it appears!

    Posted on 06 Apr 11 (over 3 years ago)

  • hillbillyhayshed

    hillbillyhayshed wrote:

    I hope you get yours to ripen, make sure it is orange before you pick it for best flavour. I think it is too late to ripen for mine :(

    Posted on 06 Apr 11 (over 3 years ago)

  • epiphany

    epiphany wrote:

    Looking at my journals from last year, my first one wasn’t ripe until May & we were getting fruit for a long time after that – just checked my photos from last year & I was still harvesting in the middle of July. So you might be ok.

    Posted on 06 Apr 11 (over 3 years ago)

  • hillbillyhayshed

    hillbillyhayshed wrote:

    My vine is dying down and I can now see the ground covered with fruit like they usually do. I see that one of mine is ripening so I may get some after all. Last year they were close to finished now. Will have to get the gloves on soon, lol.

    Posted on 06 Apr 11 (over 3 years ago)

  • graibeard

    graibeard wrote:

    @flowerweaver, Indeed. I checked the back of it for any impald rats but – nope. It was clean.
    @epiphany, Good to know. There’s certainly no stopping the vine as it’s still growing strongly. A bit of mottling on the leaves but other than that it’s in peak condition so those baby fruit may well get a chance.
    @hillbillyhayshed, That would be the kevlar, chain mail and extra long harvesting pole? They are mean spikes that’s for certain, and the leaves, stems and probably the flowers o_O hold their own too!

    Posted on 06 Apr 11 (over 3 years ago)

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