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Kiwano: Growth, growth and more growth.

Saturday, 05 Mar 11 19°C / 66°F

But not a fruit in sight, let alone a flower.

Photos show two views of the plants (3 off).

  1. The first is looking South East and is showing the side of the two trellises that they were planted along.
  2. The second is looking back in the opposite direction (NW) from the east side of the second trellis and shows that it is doing a fine job of covering the metre gap (3’) between the two, as well as dominating the second.

This is the side where I found my lost Cucumber, the Giant Russian. It knew where it was, I had no clue and had forgotten I even planted them. Ah the wilderness that is my garden, and organization!


This entry is about

Day 147

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

Cucumis metuliferus


and that’s all folks!

Central East garden


  • Bernieh

    Bernieh wrote:

    Wow, it certainly has taken off!

    Posted on 06 Mar 11 (about 4 years ago)

  • digfrance

    digfrance wrote:

    Hey . what kind of fruit is this?

    Posted on 06 Mar 11 (about 4 years ago)

  • graibeard

    graibeard wrote:

    @Bernieh, It has indeed. Early in the season it looked like it was going to amount to nothing and then before I knew it, world domination was the order of the day

    @digfrance, Invisible at the moment. ;-) They are an odd one and I’ve no experience with them – yet. The wiki has some info and epiphany (who the seed came from) has an informative journal on it.

    Posted on 06 Mar 11 (about 4 years ago)

  • Armorel

    Armorel wrote:

    Do you take a machete when you attempt to enter the Jungle looking for Kiwanos?
    That’s a LOT of growth!

    Posted on 06 Mar 11 (about 4 years ago)

  • flowerweaver

    flowerweaver wrote:

    Looks like it could take over your entire garden. It’s just screaming ‘feed me!’.

    Posted on 06 Mar 11 (about 4 years ago)

  • Pink_Lady

    Pink_Lady wrote:


    Posted on 07 Mar 11 (about 4 years ago)

  • hillbillyhayshed

    hillbillyhayshed wrote:

    For a petite looking vine, they certainly grow a lot bigger than most people realise. I never plant them far enough away from other melons and they end up smothering everything planted next to them.
    They tend to get flowers, especially female flowers right underneath the foliage so you can’t see them. WATCH THE FINE HAIRS ON THE STEMS, they will really get under your skin. Unfortunately you can’t really avoid the hairs/spines when you are digging around looking for fruit or flowers unless you wear gloves.

    Mine are just about to ripen now. A tip if you haven’t eaten them before – if you don’t really enjoy the taste, add sugar or sweetened yogurt to the flesh. It really makes a magical difference to the taste.

    Looks like you have a marvelous garden.

    Posted on 07 Mar 11 (about 4 years ago)

  • SerenDippity

    SerenDippity wrote:

    This sounds fascinating. And since our hot summers are perfect for cucumbers, I’m guessing they will do great along my fence line. I’ll have to look for seeds for these babies.

    Posted on 09 Mar 11 (about 4 years ago)

  • graibeard

    graibeard wrote:

    The growth is basically impenetrable and I’m afraid that if I get under that canopy I’ll risk getting lost, or swallowed up!

    I was warned that they would be a threat to dogs and little children and it certainly wasn’t an idle warning. They’ve exceeded their allotted space by several orders and candidates for square foot gardening, they are certainly not!

    I had another look for flowers (a bit more than a ‘boy’ look) but still naught to be seen. I was anticipating trying some mixed with Chia seeds in a slurpy type drink hopefully there is still time left for enough to trial that.

    @SerenDippity, hopefully you won’t always be looking for seeds. Just check that they don’t volunteer too readily (I seem to recall they might?)

    @hillbillyhayshed, do they seed wildly, and widely?

    Posted on 09 Mar 11 (about 4 years ago)

  • hillbillyhayshed

    hillbillyhayshed wrote:

    I don’t know about their seeding habit. Because of how they grow I have been afraid that they would become a weed so I remove every fruit. This is only my second year of growing them so maybe I will lose a fruit or two in the future and find out, lol.

    Although my first ones on the vines are about to ripen, there are still heaps of female flowers being pollinated so don’t lose hope just yet – it might be a warm autumn and time for them to ripen. Remember that the unripe ones are the same green as the foliage so you may have missed them. They can be hard to see. They fruit like crazy so I would be VERY surprised if you haven’t got any under all that.

    Posted on 09 Mar 11 (about 4 years ago)

  • epiphany

    epiphany wrote:

    Wow! I did warn you they’re a prolific vine…but I wasn’t quite expecting that when I opened this journal entry!! I agree with hillbillyhayshed – there will be fruit under all that. Mine did the same – produced fruit under the canopy. But mine wasn’t quite as dense as that! Mine didn’t really ripen until May when the weather got colder but they take a while to fully ripen…so I would expect some full sized fruit on the vine somewhere (just might be green or yellow rather than orange). I was still getting fruit into winter when everything else had died down. Might be time for a bit of a prune perhaps? If nothing else, it’ll help any fruit that might be there to ripen up. Or expose any flowers to bees.

    Posted on 04 Apr 11 (about 4 years ago)

  • graibeard

    graibeard wrote:

    @epiphany, Nor was I, A bit of extra growth yes, but not quite so much. Found some fruit too, pics and update on the next journal

    Posted on 05 Apr 11 (about 4 years ago)

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