Kiwanos, or the African Horned Mellons are easily one of my favorite fruits and are easy to grow! To start you must collect seeds (either from a market of by taking them out of the fruit itself). Slice a kiwano melon open with a knife and scoop out the seeds. Do this after the melon has ripened past the stage where it is edible and becomes completely soft. Wash the seeds clean and allow them to dry until they break instead of bend.
Locate a planting site in full sun. The kiwano melon is generally indifferent to soil types and soil pH. It grows as a perennial in more Southern parts of the U.S., but will die during the first frost.
Prepare the planting site at least a week after the last expected frost when the soil becomes warm to the touch. Build hills of soil 1 foot in diameter and 6 inches in height. Space the hills six feet apart. With regular watering the seedlings should sprout within a month.
The fruit of the kiwano melon is ready for harvest when it turns from green to yellow-orange. They should have a length of at least 6 inches when you pick them. This generally takes anywhere from 2 to 3 months after germination.
Growing a Kiwano
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