Kiwano (horned melon)

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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby robo » Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:17 pm

Elmigo they look very healthy please keep us updated I'm very interested
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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby Elmigo » Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:05 pm

Stephen wrote:I try to look at all the posts.
I hope you get some fruit.


May take a while. I am hoping too!
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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby Westi » Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:55 pm

Well done Elmigo, they look perfectly happy & growing well! I look forward to your updates on these & especially seeing the fruit. Are you growing anything else unusual to share with us? Post us some pics of your plot /growing space as it gets going, I'm sure we will spot something we know little about especially about the techniques, structures & supports used.

I'm glad you are posting as you are closer to us & what works for you will have more credibility than the stuff on line which is not on the same latitude normally.
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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby Primrose » Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:58 pm

How big is the pot? . With all the canes in there it looks set for a permanent planting arrangement and I'm wondering whether it's big enough? Obviously not sure how bulky and tall they grow. Do you have more than one seedling in there? It's a bit difficult to tell from the photo.
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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby Elmigo » Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:50 pm

Westi wrote:Are you growing anything else unusual to share with us? Post us some pics...


Actually I don't even have a garden plot and I consider myself to still be a bit of an amateur. Everything grows pretty much in containers on the balcony. Lettuce, carrots, blueberries, gooseberries, strawberries, even an apple tree, peach tree, beans, some kale in a large container...

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Now that I think about it, I also got some pitahaya (dragon fruit) catcusses that sprouted, coming from a store bought fruit last christmas. It's beautiful and may take a few years to set fruit, if it survives untill then. This is what they look like after about one and a half month. The largest cactus part is about 1 cm.

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Primrose wrote:How big is the pot?

30 x 30 x 30 (cm) is the size of the pots. Honestly I have no idea whether that's too small or not. There are 3 plants growing in it and I sort of have it set up permanently. Do you think they need more space? I can still remove the middle one if necessary. Sources on the internet say they need full sunlight but my gut says it will cause the leaves to burn behind glass.
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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby Westi » Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:41 pm

Awe they look so cute. I hope you are successful with them, that would be an achievement. Do they have allotments where you are? You've got the bug obviously so I think having some land would make you a very happy bunny & we would be learning loads from you about these different things. Have you got an old neighbour with a big garden that would like some help to maintain it & let you grow some veg in return?
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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby Elmigo » Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:21 pm

Westi wrote:Awe they look so cute. I hope you are successful with them, that would be an achievement. Do they have allotments where you are? You've got the bug obviously so I think having some land would make you a very happy bunny & we would be learning loads from you about these different things. Have you got an old neighbour with a big garden that would like some help to maintain it & let you grow some veg in return?


As far as I'm concerned dragon fruit cannot grow in our maritime conditions with cold winters. Or well, not outdoors. Unfortunately I don't know a lot of people in general around here, may want to have a look at community gardens anytime soon. Let's just say that time will create heaven! Hope I can learn a lot from others around here too. Have been looking around a lot to see how the other people have their kitchen garden set up.
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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby Westi » Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:35 pm

Worth thinking about or joining some renegade groups that find little unused bits of land & just take it over - usually with a few flowers to start. How strong is your roof - another option??
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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby Elmigo » Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:06 pm

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My first attempt kiwano plants are doing great! Think they need a little more sunlight as they become larger and ask for more. I also grow melons and cucumbers but kiwano appears to grow so much faster! Absolutely love this plant, hope for the best :mrgreen:
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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby Westi » Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:49 pm

Blimey they really do take off, which indicates they are quite happy. Looking forward to your updates on this.
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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby Elmigo » Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:51 pm

Kiwanos' growth is massive! How do people even tame these wild ones? I can already feel this getting out of hand real quick. Do people just cut the top off their cucumber or melon plants to stop their growth? Does that even help? Don't want these big guys to take over the walls and ceiling too :lol:

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