Kiwano (horned melon)

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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby giaur500 » Sun Jun 21, 2020 9:21 pm

What's your weather conditions currently? To grow it outdoor, look for most sunny place and much room. That plan really needs space. And you will need to wait long for first fruits, se be patient and keep observing how fast it grows.
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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby Primrose » Sun Jun 21, 2020 9:37 pm

We 've had a lot of rain in the past week but have temperatures of 20 plus for the coming week.
My plant is climbing up a trellis on a fence but not in an ideal situation, despite being south facing as I'm very short of growing space and have tomato plants growing immediately in front of it. Might have been better on second thoughts to have grown it in a big container but the roots are established now so won't risk digging it up and relocating it.

I looked at that video of growing horned melons which was pretty terrifying in terms of the space needed if they're allowed to run freely. They would end up taking up most of my growing space !!
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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby Elmigo » Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:39 pm

Never heard of problems with cross pollination between cucumber family members. If it's a problem I should notice because in the greenhouse there are 7 different varieties of Curcubitaceae happily growing on the same trellis/net.

Currently this is what my kiwano looks like in the corner of the greenhouse right now. No flowers yet and all others are already flowering. But as I've already noticed, kiwano flowers later than most others in the family. Just having a little patience with it :mrgreen:

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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby giaur500 » Mon Jun 22, 2020 11:14 pm

Be patient, 3-4 weeks to first flowers, not less. Mine looks healthy, after one day - much directl sunlight and 28 temperature in shade, it's again bigger:

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Direct sunlight causes it to grow very fast. In sun, when ground becomes hot, I think temperature is higher than 40 C
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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby giaur500 » Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:32 pm

Progress one week later:
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Not bad, although not as good as year ago, due to cold May
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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby Elmigo » Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:38 pm

Looking great! Have you seen any flowers already? Mine are still waiting, probably due to the cool and rainy weather. Despite being in a greenhouse, the soil around it gets soaked.
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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby giaur500 » Sat Jul 04, 2020 5:31 am

No flowers yet, from my experience, at current stage, need to wait 3-4 weeks for first flowers
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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby giaur500 » Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:43 am

They are going to meet each other soon:
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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby giaur500 » Fri Jul 17, 2020 8:52 pm

One week later:
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@Elmigo how is yours inside greenhouse?
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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby Elmigo » Mon Jul 20, 2020 12:20 am

Thanks for keeping kiwano updates going, I have been too busy lately. Mine are growing out of proportions, just as predicted! :lol: Also got a few outdoors in containers. I love how limited space can be used so efficiently but I would prefer having a nice large plot where I can let them creep around like yours do.
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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby giaur500 » Tue Jul 21, 2020 12:38 pm

Elmigo wrote:I love how limited space can be used so efficiently but I would prefer having a nice large plot where I can let them creep around like yours do.

Well, you have been warned :wink: No matter how much space is available, kiwano takes it all :D
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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby Primrose » Tue Jul 21, 2020 12:45 pm

And no matter how much growing space you have, you can always use a little bit more when another interesting new growing experiment comes along!
Once of life,s dilemmas. When you're younger you can,t always afford a garden big enough to cope with your growing desires and when you grow older, your growing space is often bigger than you can manage !
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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby Elmigo » Tue Jul 21, 2020 2:50 pm

Well that is the truth and the truth only!
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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby giaur500 » Fri Jul 24, 2020 7:07 pm

5 days later:
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Huge progress :wink:
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Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Postby Primrose » Sat Jul 25, 2020 8:24 am

Two tiny yellow flowers have appeared on my very pathetic horned melon plant climbing up a trellis. Won't try & post a photo as it would curl up with embarrassment on comparison with these so will just leave it quietly to do its thing in peace ! At least it's still alive but only just ! Continue to watch your efforts with interest..... and envy !
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