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by giaur500
Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Kiwano (horned melon)
Replies: 85
Views: 8384

Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

If you have green fruits, put them together with ripe apples, into hermetic container. After 3-5 days all fruits will be orange. Size of fruits does not matter.

That's natural way to speed up ripe process
by giaur500
Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Kiwano (horned melon)
Replies: 85
Views: 8384

Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Hi everyone, it's been a long time because we're finally moving to the house with a sunny garden! I am both really excited for it and also kind of afraid for all the new challenges coming with the garden we're about to inhabit. I forgot to post about it but I already ate my kiwanos (horned melons) ...
by giaur500
Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Kiwano (horned melon)
Replies: 85
Views: 8384

Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Some tips about storing kiwano: https://ucanr.edu/datastoreFiles/234-2128.pdf interesting reading. In summary, avoid temperature below 15 °C, otherwise it will decay in 2 months
by giaur500
Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Kiwano (horned melon)
Replies: 85
Views: 8384

Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Next year I'll be testing them on solid land too! To get the best result, make sure used place is sunny (more direct sun = better) and sheltered from wind. Plant your seeds indoor (use small flower pots) at the end of winter, then remove from pots and plant to ground as soon as risk of frost ends (...
by giaur500
Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Kiwano (horned melon)
Replies: 85
Views: 8384

Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Well, that's much more generous crop than I've expected. Nothing professional here. It seems kiwano has no any specific requirements to grow. It only needs direct, hot sun all day and reasonable watering. In low temperatures, it stops growing, but it survive (unlike most other tropical plants). Very...
by giaur500
Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Kiwano (horned melon)
Replies: 85
Views: 8384

Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

That's how only 4 plants grow: https://i.imgur.com/TOPYPEB.jpg Final crop: https://i.imgur.com/hFrQ0aK.jpg Fruits are really large, I don't think they are larger in Africa: https://i.imgur.com/qmYRQO3.jpg Too bad they have been harvested wet, I hope they are not going to decay because of that. Unfor...
by giaur500
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Kiwano (horned melon)
Replies: 85
Views: 8384

Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

As I am sometimes succeding with watermelon and sweet potato (not impressive, but not so bad), I'm sure avocado (there must be always summer), citrus fruits, mangoes or even rosmarinus are definitely not possible in my climate zone. Avocado or mango needs no winter and summer all the time, citrus fr...
by giaur500
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Kiwano (horned melon)
Replies: 85
Views: 8384

Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Did you cut away some of your fruits and kept the two best? No. I kept all fruits. There are many, I think several dozen from one plant. There may be various reasons why fruits are small: too dry or too cold (especially, at the first stage) or soil is not rich enough. High day temperature (high I m...
by giaur500
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Kiwano (horned melon)
Replies: 85
Views: 8384

Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

You got very small fruits. Mine are even bigger than I can buy in supermarket (I planted seeds taken from one of them), 15-20 cm: https://i.imgur.com/9duKFo9.png (picture taken 10 days ago, now they are a bit more yellow and they seems to be bigger). Are you really growing them in a temperate marit...
by giaur500
Wed Sep 18, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Kiwano (horned melon)
Replies: 85
Views: 8384

Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

I moved my outdoor pepper pots inside last week. I think the lower night time temperatures were starting to impact on them, even though I covered them overnight with some fleece. Now they are on an indoor window sill, the remaining peppers are growing larger and turning red. They're not getting so ...
by giaur500
Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:47 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Kiwano (horned melon)
Replies: 85
Views: 8384

Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

You got very small fruits. Mine are even bigger than I can buy in supermarket (I planted seeds taken from one of them), 15-20 cm:

Image

(picture taken 10 days ago, now they are a bit more yellow and they seems to be bigger).
by giaur500
Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Kiwano (horned melon)
Replies: 85
Views: 8384

Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

I'm getting grey dimming on fruits, especially young ones, it's like some kind of dust or more like mould, but I'm pretty sure it's not actually mould, it can be removed eaisly. Is that normal? It can't be any kind of mould in my opinion, because it's too dry and too easy to remove. BTW how long it ...

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